Tarleton student wins Farm Bureau's Collegiate Discussion Meet

TFB Collegiate Discussion

Tarleton State University

Saturday, April 20, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Two Tarleton students were among the top four finalists at this year’s Texas Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet, held April 13 in Waco, including Crystal Nabors, who was awarded first place in the contest.

The Collegiate Discussion Meet, organized by Texas Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Committee, is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected among each committee member.

Tarleton’s Ryan Best and Nabors both advanced to the final round and were awarded cash awards for their performance in the discussion meet. Best was awarded $500, while Nabors won a $1,500 cash prize in addition to a $500 award for Tarleton, which will be applied to scholarships on her behalf. Also representing Tarleton at the 10th annual Collegiate Discussion Meet was Hannah Miller.

Nabors will now advance to the national collegiate discussion during the American Farm Bureau’s conference in February 2014 in Virginia Beach, Va.

Serving as advisors to the students were Dr. David Frazier, assistant professor of agricultural and consumer sciences, and Whit Weems, Texas A&M AgriLife county extension agent.

A total of 22 students representing seven colleges and universities participated in this year’s discussion meet, said Coleburn Davis, Texas Farm Bureau’s director of organization programs. Other finalists include Onelisa Garza from Texas A&M-Kingsville and Kaylie Walker from Texas A&M.

“This Discussion Meet is designed to help develop the ability of agriculture’s future leaders to effectively solve problems through group discussions, while emphasizing the need to acquire accurate and current information,” said Kenneth Dierschke, president of Texas Farm Bureau. “This is not a debate, but rather an exercise in cooperative problem solving with an open floor.”

Dierschke also said, “The students discussed the Farm Bureau’s developing role in contemporary farming issues. These young people learned the importance of discussing these issues from all sides, while gaining self confidence about their public speaking abilities.”

The collegiate meet concentrated on four areas of discussion: how Farm Bureau should engage farmers and ranchers representing all types of operations, including conventional, organic, large and small, to promote a more positive image of agriculture; how can young producers lead and be involved in Farm Bureau; what are the best practices to ensure the safety of youth working on farms and ranches; what can farmers do to stimulate more economic growth; and how can young producers work with elected and appointed officials to eliminate excessive or unnecessary regulations placed on agriculture.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye

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