McLean County farmer wins YF&R Challenge

Created: 11/22/10 (Mon) | Topic: Events

Steven Heger of Underwood won the Young Farmer and Rancher Challenge, held at the North Dakota Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Nov. 19-21 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.

The YF&R Challenge involved two rounds of the Discussion Meet at last winter’s YF&R Leadership Conference and a taped 5-minute video interview. From there, four finalists were chosen. The finalists competed at the NDFB Annual Meeting for a chance to go on to represent North Dakota at the national competition, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, in January.

The Discussion Meet brings contestants together to participate in a group discussion that simulates a committee meeting. The topic for the finals was, “Discuss the net benefits and net hindrances of government involvement in agriculture.”

Heger and his wife, Katie, raise winter and spring wheat, corn, oil sunflowers, pinto beans and peas on their farm. They have four children.

Other finalists in the competition were Courtney Hawbaker of Portal, Mike Larson of Bottineau and Ritchie Schaefer of New Ulm, Minnesota.

As state winner, Heger will receive $500 from Dodge and an all-expense paid trip to the AFBF Discussion Meet in Atlanta, Georgia, January 9-12. The winner of the AFBF Discussion Meet will receive a brand new Dodge Ram.

For more information on the North Dakota YF&R program, go to the YF&R page on this website .

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