University of Missouri student Holly Enowski, of Columbia, won the 2018 Missouri Farm Bureau (MOFB) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Collegiate Discussion Meet held at the organization’s annual meeting December 2 at the Lake of the Ozarks. Enowski competed against students from the University of Central Missouri, Truman State University, Northwest Missouri State University, College of the Ozarks, Missouri State University and Southeast Missouri State University Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters. Every collegiate Farm Bureau chapter in the state was represented.
As winner of the state contest, Enowski received a plaque and $300 from the MOFB Foundation for Agriculture. She will receive an an all-expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Fusion Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in March to represent Missouri in the national collegiate discussion meet.
The second place winner was Caleb Robertson, of Maryville, representing Northwest Missouri State University. He received a plaque, a cash award of $200 from the Foundation, and an all-expense-paid trip to the national competition.
Third place winner was Nathan Forck, of Jefferson City, representing Missouri State University. He received a plaque and a cash award of $100 from the Foundation.
The competition consisted of two rounds of discussions. The final round topic focused on distinguishing fact from fiction in conversations about agriculture and food technologies. Contestants are not judged on debating skills, but on their knowledge of the subject, and how they present and share in a group discussion.