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Texas Agriculture Archive

February 20, 2004

Collegiate discussion
meet entrants sought


Texas Farm Bureau's Young Farmer & Rancher Advisory Committee is looking for college agriculture majors who like to talk—talk about agricultural issues, that is! On Saturday, April 17, the YF&R Committee will sponsor the second annual Collegiate Discussion Meet Contest at the Texas Farm Bureau headquarters in Waco.

The contest is a round-table discussion of agricultural issues designed to build discussion skills, develop an understanding of important agricultural topics and to explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach a consensus and solve problems.

The contest is built around four pre-selected topics that are chosen on the national level.

Eligible contestants include college undergraduate students who are 18 to 35 years of age as of Jan. 31, 2005 and are currently pursuing a degree in agriculture or are studying an agriculture curriculum.

"The prizes that are offered for the Contest make the effort very worthwhile," says Mark Sustaire, chairman of the YF&R Advisory Committee. "This year's winner will receive a check for $1,000, plus an expense paid trip to our annual meeting in San Antonio. We will also pay their expenses to travel to New Orleans next February to represent Texas in the national contest. Three other finalists will each receive checks for $200. In addition, the university the winning student attends will receive a $500 check and a traveling trophy."

Deadline for entering the Contest is March 31, 2004. Entry forms, topics and rules can be obtained from your local County Farm Bureau office, from the Farm Bureau website at or by calling Si Cook at 254-751-2286.