News Release

Johnson Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at the University of Minnesota in Crookston. The competition was held Tuesday, October 17. johnson and zippel

This year’s regional winner was Anna Johnson of Sebeka also studying agricultural education.

The runner-up of the regional contest was Savannah Zippel of LeSueur, studying agricultural education. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors a $200 scholarship for the winner and a $100 scholarship for the runner-up for each regional Collegiate Discussion Meet.

Undergraduate students in agriculture from the University of Minnesota Crookston took part in the meet. Students participated in two rounds of discussion and 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:

  • Farmers are a shrinking percentage of the population. How can Farm Bureau help first-generation farmers and ranchers get started in agriculture?
  • Formation of family farm corporations is occurring. How can Farm Bureau work to ensure that the public’s positive perception of the family farm is not lost?

Johnson and Zippel will advance to the state Collegiate Discussion meet to be held on Saturday, November 18 as part of the 99th MFBF Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. The state winner receives an expense paid trip from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsored by Christensen Farms to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Fusion Conference in Reno, Nevada,February 16-19, 2018 to participate in the national competition. The winner also receives a $500 scholarship and the runner-up a $250 scholarship from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsored by Gislason & Hunter.

Minnesota Farm Bureau representing Farmers • Families • Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota,

Contact Minnesota Farm Bureau Public Relations Director Kristin (Campbell) Harner at    Phone: 651-768-2118 or Email:

Photo: THE MINNESOTA FARM Bureau Federation (MFBF) held a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at the University of Minnesota – Crookston on October 17. Anna Johnson of Sebeka won the competition and Savannah Zippel finished as runner-up. Both received scholarships from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation and will advance to the MFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet competition in November. Pictured, left to right, are Anna Johnson – winner and Savannah Zippel – runner-up.


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations