Finalists named in YF&R Challenge

Created: 1/27/11 (Thu) | Topic: Leadership

Four young farmers from around the state were named the finalists in the North Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Challenge, held at the YF&R Leadership Conference in Mandan, January 21-23.
Courtney Hawbaker of Portal, Spencer Bina of Lankin, Dean Knell of Pick City and Katie Pinke of Wishek will each receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2011 NDFB Convention and Exposition in Minot next November to compete in a “traditional” Discussion Meet round with a question from American Farm Bureau.

The winner of the North Dakota YF&R Challenge will receive several prizes as well as an all- expense paid trip to compete in the AFBF YF&R Discussion Meet held during the American Farm Bureau Convention in Hawaii in January 2012.
The finalists for the Challenge were chosen based on a judged 15-minute issues-discussion and a judged 2-minute videotaped interview designed to simulate a television interview.
The YF&R Challenge competition is open to farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35, was designed to simulate a committee meeting in which individuals discuss issues and surface solutions to those issues and to be able to speak comfortably with the media regarding issues related to farming and ranching.
For more information on the YF&R program go to

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