Fountain youth wins collegiate discussion meet
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 3:27 AM
Katie Winslow of Fountain took first place in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation's (MFBF) Minnesota Collegiate Discussion Meet. The competition was held Thursday, Nov. 15, on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. Winslow is a junior majoring in agricultural education.
Katie Winslow of Fountain won the Collegiate Discussion Meet at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities on Nov. 14, hosted by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation.
As the state winner, she receives an all expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference in Virginia Beach, Va., in February to participate in the national competition.
Six undergraduate students from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities participated. Students participated in two rounds and a final and were judged on basic knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solving.
The contestants discussed three topics. The first was 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 second was how Farm Bureau can help prepare its members - both young and old - for transferring operations to the next generation of farmers and ranchers. What is Farm Bureau's role in encouraging more transfers? The third was if Farm Bureau can play a role to ensure the viability of quality agricultural education programs within our schools.
Winslow also received a $500 Al Christopherson Scholarship from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation during the MFBF Awards banquet on Friday, Nov. 22, during its annual meeting in Bloomington, Minn.
She is the daughter of Scott and Jean Winslow of Fountain.