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Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College student, Taylor Fent, won the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Collegiate discussion competition, and NEO adjunct instructor, Dillon Johnson, won the Young Farmers and Ranchers discussion on November 12, 2022, in Norman, Oklahoma. 

As the YF&R discussion winner, Johnson received a John Deere lawnmower sponsored by P&K Equipment, and he can compete in the national discussion contest at the 2023 American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in January, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As the collegiate winner, Fent received an expense-paid trip to compete at the 2023 AFBF FUSION conference in March, held in Jacksonville, Florida.Picture1315616332 456516313258913 5969572335346663861 n

The American Farm Bureau Federation discussion competitive event simulates a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. Participants build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues, and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach a consensus and solve problems.

“We are so blessed and honored to have the opportunity to provide our students with opportunities through Oklahoma Farm Bureau,” said Alisen Anderson, NEO agriculture instructor and Collegiate Farm Bureau club sponsor. “Competitions like these enhance our student’s knowledge and advocacy through the agriculture industry. We are proud to have Taylor and Dillon represent us on the national stage in Puerto Rico and Jacksonville, Florida in 2023.”OKFB YFR DiscussionMeet 2022 3000px 600x400

Anderson will also chair the 2023 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers.

For more information, please contact Alisen Anderson at alisen@neo.edu or 918-540-6273.

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