Collegiate discussion meet winner – University of Tennessee at Martin student Rachael Wolters was the 2014 Collegiate Discussion Meet winner during this year’s YF&R summer conference. The runner-up was Rachel Ralston of UT Martin. A representative from each of the agricultural colleges, MTSU, UT Martin, UT, TTU, TSU and Austin Peay competed. This contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each college-age participant.
National discussion meet runner up – Doug Giles of Williamson County was the 2015 National Discussion Meet runner up. He won the state competition in December and went on to place in the top four at the American Farm Bureau Convention in January. As national winner, Doug received a Case IH Farmall 55A tractor and $3,000 in cash and STIHL merchandise. The state winner receives $1000 from Tennessee Farm Bureau, a lawn mower from Massey Ferguson and an all-expenses paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention, the AFBF YF&R Leaders Conference and all TN YF&R Conferences.
Excellence in Ag National Runners up – The Excellence in Agriculture contest is a great opportunity for agriculturists to showcase their farming operation, agriculture and Farm Bureau leadership activities through an application and presentation. Michael and Amy Shirley of Rutherford County were runners up in the American Farm Bureau Excellence in Ag contest during the annual meeting in January. As national runners up they recevied a Case IH Farmall 45A tractor and $3,000 in cash and STIHL merchandise. The Shirley’s received a John Deere Gator donated by Farm Credit, and an all expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau’s 96th Annual Meeting in San Diego for being named the state winners.
Young farmer Environmental Stewardship state winner – Rusty Grills from Dyer County was named this year’s state winner of the Environmental Stewardship Award. The state winner, in addition to the $400 they received as a district winner, receives a $1000 from TN Farm Bureau, an all-expenses paid trip to the American Farm Bureau YF&R Leaders Conference and all TN YF&R Conferences.
Young Farmer state runner-up – Montgomery County’s Jay Head was named this year’s runner-up in the state competition for the Outstanding Young Farmer Achievement contest. The runner-up receives up to $500 in qualified Farm Bureau services, $1000 cash from TN Farm Bureau, an all expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention and trips to all TN YF&R Conferences.
Young Farmer national runners up – Greene County’s Mark and Cindy Klepper were named this year’s national runners up in the national competition for the Outstanding Young Farmer Achievement contest. The Klepper family received a Case IH Farmall 65A tractor and $3,000 in cash and STIHL merchandise as national runners up. As state winners they recevied a year’s free use of a brand new Case/IH tractor up to 150 hours, $500 from Tennessee Farm Bureau, a fully loaded RTV to keep from Tennessee Farm Bureau, an insurance policy to cover the tractor for one year from Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee and a trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in San Diego, California in January 2015, where they will compete for national honors with other state winners.