Wedig takes first at Collegiate Discussion Meet and advances to National Farm Bureau competition

Alison Wedig, from Darlington, Wisconsin, took first place at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau State Collegiate Discussion Meet. Wedig is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Life Sciences Communication. She was awarded a $1,500 scholarship sponsored by GROWMARK. Wedig will compete in the National Farm Bureau Discussion Meet in Reno, NV February 16-19, 2018.

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Alison Wedig

The State Competition took place on Sunday, December 3 at the Kalahari Resort during the 98th Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting and Young Farmer and Agriculturalist Conference. Wedig competed against Connor Willems from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Kati Kindschuh and Ashley Bergsbaken from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls; and Brenna Bays and Heidi Smith from the Unviersity of Wisconsin-Platteville. Bays took second and Kindschuh took third, both receiving $500 scholarships sponsored by the Waukesha Farm Bureau.

The contestants discussed how Farm Bureau can help first-generation farmers and ranchers get started in agriculture. Wedig thoughtfully guided the discussion and presented a clear action plan to address the question. “Getting started may be half the battle, but after today’s conversation I know that we can help first generation farmers get started within agriculture. For my action plan, I really want to be able to help farmers understand the resources that they have.”

The Collegiate Discussion Meet is a competition promoted by the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Agriculturist (YFA) Committee. The Collegiate Discussion Meet is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each committee member. The competitors will discuss pre-selected topics.

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