Jennifer Howard of Jackson County was named the 2016 Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet winner at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau 75th Annual Meeting Nov. 11 in Oklahoma City.
Howard competed against four 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.
“This is a great opportunity to promote this industry that we all love and feel so passionate about,” Howard said. “I’m grateful to the sponsor of the event, P&K Equipment, for their generosity and for making this award possible.”
As the state discussion meet winner, Howard received a John Deere X320 Lawn Mower, presented by P&K Equipment, an Icehole cooler, and the opportunity to compete in the national discussion meet contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting Jan. 6-11 in Phoenix, Arizona.
“I’m definitely very passionate about agriculture and I’m looking forward to conversations and the topics at the national level,” Howard said.
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.
(L to R) Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan and OKFB Young Farmers and Ranchers Chairman Josh Emerson present Jennifer Howard with the 2016 OKFB YF&R Discussion Meet Award along with sponsor Scott Eisenhauer of P&K Equipment.