Sierra Enlow of LaRue County won first place in the final round of Kentucky Farm Bureau 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 the weekend’s general session during KFB’s annual meeting in Louisville.
Enlow, a graduate student in agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, bested 16 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 next month in Honolulu as part of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting.
Winners of the national contest will win their choice of either a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2012 GMC Sierra while the other three finalists will receive a Case IH Farmall 55A tractor.
“The Discussion Meet represents an opportunity to discover the different viewpoints of agriculturalists across the state and to learn how we can communicate these issues to our peers outside of the industry,” said Enlow.
Runner-up in the meet was Kirby O’Donoghue, of Breckinridge County, who received $1,000 cash 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 asked, “Have farmers and ranchers effectively utilized social media to educate and influence the public? What strategies can be implemented to expand the interaction between producers and consumers?”
About 1,300 people attended the annual meeting.