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Illinois Resident Wins YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 14, 2013 – The winner of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet announced Sunday at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Joint National Leadership and Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., is Jacob Meisner of Piasa, Ill. Meisner was awarded the top prize following a discussion on how Farm Bureau can play a role to ensure the viability of quality agricultural education programs within our schools.

Meisner, a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, hopes to become an agriculture educator and FFA advisor. He became involved in agriculture classes and FFA in high school, serving as Section 15 President during his senior year and served as the Illinois FFA Association State Secretary in 2011.

The Discussion Meet is designed to replicate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each collegiate participant. Participants are judged on their ability to exchange ideas and information on the agricultural topic and find answers or solutions to the discussion topic.

Meisner qualified for the national competition upon winning the Illinois Collegiate Discussion Meet. As the national winner, Meisner received $2,500 scholarship from competitive event sponsor CHS Foundation.

In addition to Meisner, three runners-up participated in three rounds of discussion before making it to the Final Four round. Runners-up were Mike Hannewald of Ohio, Doug Giles of Tennessee and Natalie Oelsner of California. Each received a $1,000 scholarship from CHS Foundation.

Forty-eight competitors from 33 states competed in this year’s AFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet. All competitors received $250, courtesy of CHS Foundation, in recognition of their efforts and making it to the national level.

The AFBF YF&R program includes men and women between the ages of 18 and 35. The program provides leadership training and networking opportunities for younger Farm Bureau members.

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