Nelson 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 21. 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 Asa Nelson from Tracy in Lyon County who is a majoring in agriculture. The runner-up of the regional contest was Amanda Stafford from Columbus in Anoka County. She is studying agricultural education.

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 farmers and ranchers maintain their buying power with the continued trend of input supplier and provider consolidations?
  • Farmers are a shrinking percentage of the population. How can Farm Bureau help first-generation farmers and ranchers get started in agriculture?
Nelson and Stafford will advance to the state Collegiate Discussion meet to be held on Saturday, November 18 as part of the 99th 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 Reno, Nevada, February 16-19, 2018 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.

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