Wisconsin Resident Wins YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 14, 2014 – The winner of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet announced Sunday at the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference in Virginia Beach., Va., is Ethan Giebel of Lyndon Station, Wis. Giebel was awarded the top prize following a discussion on how to encourage young farmers and ranchers to continue to be involved in Farm Bureau.
Ethan Giebel (center), winner of the Collegiate Discussion Meet at AFBF’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference, is congratulated by Jennifer Thatcher of CHS Foundation and Zach Hunnicutt, outgoing chair of the Young Farmers & Ranchers committee.
Giebel, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is pursuing a degree in agricultural education.
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.
Giebel qualified for the national competition upon winning the Wisconsin Collegiate Discussion Meet. As the national winner, Giebel received $2,500 scholarship from competitive event sponsor CHS Foundation.
In addition to Giebel, three runners-up participated in three rounds of discussion before making it to the Final Four round. Runners-up were Clarissa Brown of Missouri (University of Missouri), Keili Summey of Arizona (Oklahoma State University) and Katie Winslow of Minnesota (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities). Each received a $1,000 scholarship from CHS Foundation.
Fifty-three competitors from 36 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.