Kings County Woman Wins the Farm Bureau Open Discussion Meet
(From Dave Kranz, California
Farm Bureau Federation News)
Effective discussion of how Farm Bureau can engage farmers and ranchers to
promote agriculture earned a Kings County woman first place in the annual Young
Farmers and Ranchers Open Discussion Meet, held during the California Farm
Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Monterey.
Beth Sequeira of Hanford said
during the finals of the annual competition that Farm Bureau has taken on the
role of communicating an accurate message about agriculture. The Discussion
Meet encourages cooperation and communication and is designed to prepare young
members for county Farm Bureau and committee meetings.
As winner of the contest, Sequeira will represent California at the
American Farm Bureau Federation Open Discussion Meet, to be held next month at
the AFBF Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Sequeira works for Keenan Farms, a
pistachio grower-handler in Kings County, handling sales and marketing duties.
“I’m really excited. We had a great group of panelists on the final four
and had a really good discussion,” she said.
Mary Junqueiro of San Joaquin
County was first runner-up in the contest. The other finalists were Molly Fagundes of Merced County and Andrea Krout of Sonoma County.
As the Open Discussion Meet winner, Sequeira earned a 2014 Sportsman
570-efi all-terrain vehicle—valued at $6,800—courtesy of Polaris Industries,
and $4,000 courtesy of Discussion Meet sponsors the California Association of
Pest Control Advisers, State Compensation Insurance Fund, Southern California
Edison, Dick and Cathie Bradley, Farm Credit West, CoBank and American
AgCredit. As first runner-up, Junqueiro received $1,000. The other two
finalists each earned $500.
The separate Collegiate Discussion Meet was won by Jake Carlson of California State University, Fresno. Carlson, from
Elk Grove, is an animal science, pre-veterinary, major at Fresno State.
First runner-up in the collegiate contest was Audra Roland, a Fresno State student from Tollhouse. The other
finalists were Jodi Raley, a Fresno State student from Clovis, and Leah Gibson, a Chico State student from
Paso Robles. Fresno State also won the team competition in the Collegiate
Carlson earned a $1,250 prize as winner of the collegiate contest. Roland
earned $750 and the other finalists each earned $500. Prizes in the Collegiate
Discussion Meet were sponsored by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers.
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and
ranches on behalf of nearly 78,000 members statewide and as part of a
nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.
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