During the 101st annual meeting of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, Justin Hargrove of Benton County was named the state winner in the Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers State Discussion Meet competition.
Event sponsor Tri-Green Equipment awarded a Z-trak mower to Hargrove. He will compete at the American Farm Bureau Convention in Puerto Rico in January.
“The Discussion Meet is an excellent way for our young farmers to showcase the knowledge of pertinent issues facing the industry and discuss possible solutions,” said Tennessee Farm Bureau President Eric Mayberry. “We congratulate Justin on this achievement and wish him the best of luck as he represents Tennessee nationally.”
The Discussion Meet simulates a committee meeting to demonstrate how well contestants engage in discussion and active participation. The contest is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. Participants build basic discussion skills, develop an understanding of agricultural issues, and explore how groups can work together to solve an issue.
Successful Discussion Meet participants are productive thinkers rather than emotional persuaders and assist the group in creating ways to implement the solutions discussed. The process highlights Farm Bureau’s involvement in those actions.
Tennessee Farm Bureau is the largest Farm Bureau in the U.S. with a membership of more than 681,000. The organization has served as the voice of agriculture since 1921. It boasts the same mission a century later – to develop, foster, promote, and protect programs for the general welfare, including the economic, social, educational, and political well-being of farm people in Tennessee.