Charlee Doom: A chainsaw for a princess

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Former LaRue woman places in top four at national discussion meet

By Linda Ireland

A former LaRue County woman was honored last month by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Charlee Doom, a 2003 graduate of LaRue County High School and former Kentucky FFA President who now lives in Hartsdale, N.Y., won the Discussion Meet Finals at the New York Farm Bureau annual meeting recently. The contest, for farmers ages 18 to 35, simulates a committee meeting, with contestants actively discussing agriculture-related issues. Participants are evaluated on their ability to exchange ideas and information. The topic was: “Government has always been involved in agriculture. Is the current level of government involvement a net hindrance or a net benefit to agriculture?”
Doom represented the Dutchess/Putman/Westchester County Farm Bureau.
She received cash prizes from Dodge and the New York Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Program, a prize from Grainger and an expense-paid trip to compete nationally at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in Atlanta, Ga.
Doom was one of three runners-up in the National Discussion Meet. She received a $6,000 Savings Bond and a Stihl Farm Boss chainsaw.
Her mother, Jennifer, said Doom, a former Derby Princess, received two chainsaws as she progressed through the contest.
Doom is a macro economist on the global agribusiness team for Bunge Global Markets.
She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and attended the University of Western Australia as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She has traveled to several countries as part of her studies, including Japan, Tanzania, Australia and Pemba Island off the coast of Africa.