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December 14, 2011   Email to Friend 

LIMESTONE COUNTY FARMER WINS DISCUSSION MEET
Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
December 14, 2011

Cotton farmer Stan Usery of Limestone County won first place in the Young Farmers' Discussion Meet contest during the Alabama Farmers Federation's 90th Annual Meeting in Mobile, Dec. 5. From left are finalist Tyler Dunn of Dale County, Usery, second-place winner Kirk Smith of Blount County and finalist Colin Wilson of Jackson County.
Cotton farmer Stan Usery of Limestone County won first place in the Young Farmers' Discussion Meet contest during the Alabama Farmers Federation's 90th Annual Meeting in Mobile, Dec. 5.

As this year's winner, Usery received $500 from the Alabama Farmers Federation and $500 from First South Farm Credit. He will represent Alabama at the 2012 American Farm Bureau (AFBF) Annual Meeting in Hawaii, Jan. 8-11.

Discussion Meet finalists, who were named earlier this year during the Commodity Producers Conference in Huntsville, explored how farmers could capitalize on the growing world demand for agricultural products. Usery contended that the key to capitalizing first begins by addressing three domestic issues -- adequate research funding, a focus on infrastructure and foreign policy.

"These issues can begin at the grassroots level with strong organizations that increase public awareness," said Usery.

Also competing were Kirk Smith of Blount County, Tyler Dunn of Dale County and Colin Wilson of Jackson County. Smith, the second-place winner, received $250, while third and fourth-place finishers Dunn and Wilson each received $150. Prizes were courtesy of the Alabama Farmers Federation and First South Farm Credit.


The Discussion Meet contest provides Alfa's Young Farmers Division the opportunity to practice advocacy skills by combining public speaking, problem-solving and consensus-building abilities in a committee-style setting. Contestants were given a topic based on issues affecting agriculture and engaged one another in a panel discussion.

For more information on the program, email Young Farmers Division Director Brandon Moore at bmoore@alfafarmers.org, or visit AlfaYoungFarmers.org.


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