Sunday, December 02, 2012
Larson Named Illinois Farm
Bureau Discussion Meet Winner
CHICAGO - Ann Larson of Shabbona, Ill., was named the discussion
meet winner at the annual meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB)
in Chicago, Dec. 1-4. Larson has been a member of the IFB Young
Leaders for two years and is currently attending the University of
Wisconsin-Platteville, majoring in agriculture business and
communications and marketing.
In addition to receiving a trophy, Larson will receive an
expense-paid trip to the 2013 American Farm Bureau Federation
(AFBF) annual meeting in Nashville and the opportunity to represent
Illinois at the national discussion meet. She also received $2,500
cash from the Illinois Farm Bureau, use of a Massey-Ferguson
tractor, courtesy of AGCO, and expense-paid trips to the 2013
GROWMARK annual meeting, 2013 AFBF Young Farmer and Rancher
conference and the 2013 Young Leader state conference.
"The Young Leaders really are a fun group of people that, for
lack of a better way to say it, just get stuff done," Larson said.
"And, the competitions are fun, too. I enjoy the discussion meet
because I actually enjoy talking to the other contestants on stage.
There's really great information exchanged during the competition.
Ideas that are formulated that, when you end the discussion meet,
you're able to take away and know they'll be great programs, even
though it wasn't a real panel that discussed it."
The IFB discussion meet judges a contestant's ability to manage
a small group discussion. Each contestant gives an opening
statement. Participants exchange facts and insights on a
pre-determined topic. Judges award points based on how well
participants work with one another, how well they express
themselves, and on their knowledge of the topic.
Topics for 2012 discussion meet included a discussion on fair
and balanced immigration policy, 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, and the role that Farm Bureau can play in
ensuring the viability of quality agricultural education programs
within schools. Twenty-one district winners vied for the title of
state winner during the IFB annual meeting.
IFB promotes and sponsors the discussion meet with the goals of
developing young peoples' leadership and communication skills on
behalf of agriculture and of working together and reaching
consensus on how to deal with current issues in
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