Chism Sander of Dewey County Farm Bureau was named the winner of the 2019 Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s 78th Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City.
Sander competed against other participants in three rounds of debate-style discussion where performance was evaluated on the exchange of ideas and information on pre-determined topics. Participants were judged on their ability to offer constructive criticism, cooperation and communication while analyzing agricultural problems and developing solutions.
As the state discussion meet winner, Sander received a John Deere Z345M ZTrak Lawn Mower, sponsored by P&K Equipment. He also has the opportunity to compete in the national discussion meet contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting Jan. 17-22 in Austin, Texas.
“I think it’s a privilege and an honor,” Sander said of competing in the national event. “I know I can certainly do my best and I’m excited to represent Oklahoma. Being in YF&R has given me a new passion for the industry, and I’m excited to share that passion with other young people.”
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Annual Meeting is the organization’s largest gathering of farmers and ranchers every year. At the event, members vote on grassroots policy, elect leaders and award outstanding individuals. OKFB has a presence in all 77 Oklahoma counties and serves as the voice of agriculture and the rural way of life. To learn more, visit www.okfarmbureau.org.