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December 06, 2010   Email to Friend 

MADISON COUNTY YOUNG FARMER WINS WITH POWER OF PERSUASION
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
December 06, 2010

From left are Camp Powers of First South Farm Credit, First Place Excellence in Ag Contest Winner Kirk Smith of Blount County, First Place Discussion Meet Winner Katie Hines of Madison County, Second Place Discussion Meet Winner Allie Corcoran of Barbour County and Roger Chappell of First South Farm Credit.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Some of Alabama's brightest young farmers honed their public speaking and persuasion skills as they competed in the Alabama Farmers Federation's Discussion Meet, held at the Federation's 89th annual meeting in Mobile Monday.

Katie Hines of Madison County was named the winner of the Young Farmers Discussion Meet during the closing session of the annual meeting. As the winner, she received $500 from Dodge and a matching cash prize from First South Farm Credit. She will go on to represent Alabama at the American Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting in Atlanta in January, where she will compete for the chance to win a 2011 Dodge Truck and other prizes.

Allie Corcoran of Barbour County was the second-place winner of the Discussion Meet and also received $500 from First South Farm Credit. The third- and fourth-place finishers, Josh Turner of DeKalb County and Mike Dole of St. Clair County, each received $250 from First South Farm Credit.

The Young Farmers Discussion Meet competition helps young farmers develop a deeper understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach a consensus to solve problems. Contestants were asked to discuss the American public's perception of farmers and were asked if consumers feel agriculture is important to their security.

Kirk Smith of Blount County also was recognized during Monday night's program. Earlier this year, he was selected as the winner in the Young Farmers' Excellence in Agriculture Competition. He received $500 from Dodge, $500 from the Alabama Farmers Federation and a plaque.

The Excellence in Agriculture Contest seeks to recognize individuals who do not derive a majority of their income from farming, but do an excellent job of promoting agriculture through their everyday job. As part of the competition, contestants must give a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation on the top-three most important issues effecting agriculture in the next five years and their role in promoting agriculture.

Kirk, who is an agriscience teacher and FFA advisor at Appalachian High School, will go on to represent Alabama at the American Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Atlanta in January, where here will compete for the chance to win a 2011 Dodge Truck and other prizes.


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