Janella Miller wins Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet

Posted on Dec 7, 2013
Louisville, KY (December 7, 2013) – Janella Miller of Pulaski County, won first place in the final round of Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Discussion Meet, a debate-styled competition for young farmers that relies on an individual’s skill in reasoning and logical discussion of issues. The event was one of the highlighted activities of last night’s general session during KFB’s annual meeting in Louisville.

Janella Miller(center), winner of the 2013 Discussion Meet at Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville, is presented with his award by David S. Beck, KFB Executive Vice President (right), and Stacy Lowe, KFB Director of Young Farmer Program (left).

Janella Miller bested nine other entrants in the event, winning a Kawasaki MULE donated by Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company and Jacobi Sales. She also won a trip to the national finals in San Antonio, Texas, as part of the 95th American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention, January 12-15, 2014. Winners of the national contest will have their choice of either a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2014 GMC Sierra, courtesy of GM and a paid registration to the 2014 AFBF Young Farmer & Rancher Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia, February 7-10, 2014. Three national runners-up will receive a Case IH Farmall 55A, courtesy of Case IH, a $2,500 cash prize and a STIHL Farm Boss chainsaw, courtesy of STIHL.

Runner-up in the state meet was Mary Courtney of Shelby County, who received $1,000 cash from KFB.

The two other finalists in the state-level contest were Casey Story of Fleming County, and Cameron Edwards, of Webster County. They each received $200 cash awards from KFB.

KFB’s Discussion Meet tests entrants on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to respond in a panel setting to differing points of view. The topic debated by the four finalists was: “How can Young Farmers & Ranchers work with elected and appointed officials to eliminate unnecessary or excessive regulations placed upon agriculture while ensuring that new regulations are justified based on their costs and anticipated benefits?”

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