Two Forest Lake High School graduates were among the seven finalists in the eighth annual Minnesota Collegiate Discussion Meet held Thursday, Nov. 8 on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.
Winner was Katie Miron of Hugo, a senior majoring in agricultural education.
The winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to compete in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference to be held Feb. 8 to 11 in Phoenix, plus a $500 scholarship from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation.
Finalist Erin Daninger of Forest Lake will receive a $100 scholarship from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation.
Students participated in two rounds. They were judged on their knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solving.
The contestants discussed two topics: “How can Farm Bureau play a role to ensure the viability of quality agricultural education programs within our schools?” and “What can be done to encourage young farmers and ranchers to return home to the farm if it means living in a rural area that does not provide the same amenities as a metropolitan community?”
The meet was hosted by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and the University of Minnesota Agricultural Education Club.
Minnesota Farm Bureau represents 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, support programs for young farmers and ranchers, and promote agricultural education in schools.
For more information visit www.fbmn.org.