CFB Member Wins National AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet
Colorado Farm Bureau is proud to announce that the winner of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet is CFB member Ryan O’Reilly. O’Reilly, a senior at Colorado State University, is studying environmental and natural resource economics. The final discussion centered on ensuring that farmers and ranchers, not government agencies, drive the management of natural resources.
“Ryan put 110 percent into this competition and did an amazing job representing Colorado State University and Colorado Farm Bureau,” said Lori Kester, Associate Director of Leadership Development for Colorado Farm Bureau. “This is the first time a CFB member has won the national competition, and we could not be happier.”
O’Reilly qualified for the national competition after winning the Colorado Collegiate Discussion Meet at the 2016 Colorado Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. As the National Champion, he received a $2,500 scholarship from competitive event sponsor John Deere.
The Discussion Meet is designed to replicate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each collegiate participant. Participants are judged on their ability to exchange ideas and information on an agricultural topic and find answers or solutions related to it.
Fifty-three competitors from 36 states participated in this year’s AFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet. Jordyn Neely of Adams State University, Collegiate Farm Bureau, also represented Colorado. She advanced to the Sweet 16 round of competition.
The YF&R program includes men and women between the ages of 18 and 35. The program’s goals are to help younger Farm Bureau members learn more about agriculture, network with other agriculture professionals and realize their full potential as leaders in agriculture and Farm Bureau.