Ley Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall. The competition was held Thursday, September 22. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors a $200 scholarship for the winner and a $100 scholarship for the runner-up for each regional Collegiate Discussion Meet.

This year’s regional winner was Sabrina Ley from Belgrade in Stearns County. She is a senior studying agribusiness with minors in marketing and public relations. The runner-up of the regional contest was Jakob Hicks from Tracy in Lyon County. He is a sophomore studying agronomy. 

Undergraduate students in agriculture from SMSU took part in the meet. Students participated in two rounds of discussion and were judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solving. The two topics discussed by contestants were:

  • How can we ensure that farmers and ranchers, not government agencies, are driving the management of natural resources?
  • How can we ensure that farmers and ranchers, not government agencies, are driving the management of natural resources?
Ley and Hicks will advance to the state Collegiate Discussion meet to be held on Saturday, November 19 as part of the 98th MFBF Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. The state winner receives an expense paid trip from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsored by Christensen Farms to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, February 10-13, 2017 to participate in the national competition. The winner also receives a $500 scholarship and the runner-up a $250 scholarship from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsored by Gislason & Hunter.

Other contestants included Tyler Moliter of St Cloud, Peter Scholtes of Worthington, Megan Willams of Russell and Amanda Stafford of Forest Lake.


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