Zippel Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at the University of Minnesota in Crookston. The competition was held Thursday, November 10.

This year’s regional winner was Savannah Zippel of LeSueur, studying agricultural education. The runner-up of the regional contest was Anna Johnson of Sebeka also studying agriculture education. 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.

Undergraduate students in agriculture from the University of Minnesota – Crookston 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?
  • Today’s food companies employ many tactics to gain a marketing edge. What is the purpose of food labels? How can Farm Bureau work to ensure that consumers understand the labels and have confidence in the safety and quality of their food?
Zippel and Johnson 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.