National Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

By Madison Hire

Two students, Grace Hasler (left) and John Beale (second from right), proudly represented the Purdue Agriculture Economics department in the National Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet. Both students worked hard to prepare for this competition by researching, keeping up with news and preparing arguments. Hasler, a Sophomore studying Sales and Marketing, said, "I decided to give it a shot and use it as a learning opportunity and a way to further my involvement in Purdue Collegiate Farm Bureau."

John Beale, a Sophomore studying Farm Management, described the set up of the competition as "A round table where you and your competition act as a panel discussing the topic the judges pick from the list they provided to you. It is set up to just be a normal discussion about good, the bad, and the struggles of the topic and how it is related to the Ag industry." The discussion between students was what seemed to be one of the favorite parts of the competition. They got to hear many perspectives and different solutions and theories about the different topics.

Grace and John were two of four finalists during the discussion meet which determined who would represent Indiana at the AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference in March. The winner of the discussion meet was Grace Hasler. 

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