Hoversten represents Lyon County in MFBF discussion meet contest

Emma Hoversten of Marshall and the Lyon County Farm Bureau was among the young farmers from across Minnesota who competed in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet contest. The competition was held during at the MFBF LEAP Conference at Radisson Blu in Bloomington on Jan. 26.

The Discussion Meet contestants were judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues, and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solving. The two topics discussed by contestants were:

• How can Farm Bureau build upon collaborative relationships such as Farm Town Strong to combat nationwide crises such as opioid dependence/addiction and mental health issues?

• With abundant productivity, farmers are in need of new markets, including outside traditional food and feed channels. How do we develop, invest and commercialize to innovate new uses of agricultural products and by-products to benefit all of agriculture?

Hoversten is one of the eight semi-finalists selected to compete in the final two rounds of competition at the MFBF annual meeting in November.

She is an agricultural educator at Marshall High School and farms with her family.

“I am honored and humbled to be part this discussion meet group,” said Emma. “We had a great discussion and a lot of fun. Don’t’ be afraid to try new things, you never know how much fun it could be.”

The eight semi-finalists are Rachel Daberkow from Jackson County, Emma Hoversten from Lyon County, Amanda Durow from Dakota County, Angela Guentzel from LeSueur County, Jonathan Giberson Jr from Cass County, Lisa Roker from Redwood County, Justin Crowley from Washington-Ramsey County and Brent Krohn from Nicollet County.