HOWARD LAKE, MN The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee hosted preliminary rounds of its discussion meet at the MFBF LEAP Conference at the Sanford Center in Bemidji Feb. 1.
Eight semi-finalists were selected and will compete in the final two rounds of competition at the MFBF 102nd annual meeting in November, including Maddie Weninger of Howard Lake.
Contestants were judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues, and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem-solving.
The two topics discussed by contestants were:
• The increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters creates additional risk for farmers and ranchers. What tools and production practices can be engaged to reduce climate and weather risks?
• The decline in rural populations is accelerated by a poor farm economy. What solutions would enhance the vibrancy and economic sustainability of agriculture and rural communities?