Laramie County Community College student Kathi LaPoint discussed agriculture issues at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Collegiate Discussion Meet and earned $300 in cash. The winner also was awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Louisville, Kentucky.

LaPoint competed Nov. 12 in Laramie along with 12 competitors representing LCCC, Sheridan College and the University of Wyoming. The competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected.

“It has allowed me the experience of getting in touch with agriculture on a new level that sheds light on what is affecting farmers and ranchers today,” LaPoint said. “The ability to understand pressing issues in modern agriculture is key to staying informed as I chase my college degree in agriculture business and animal science.”

Jedidiah Hewlett, a UW student, was named the runner-up and was awarded a $150 cash prize. Hewlett is a senior majoring in agricultural business, farm and ranch management.

Rounding out the “Final Four” finalists were Kylie Carson of LCCC and Caden Callaway of LCCC.

Contestants were given pre-determined topics and then judged on their knowledge, speaking ability, ability to participate in a committee meeting and listen to others and air all points of view. All contestants competed in two rounds of competition. The top four advanced to the “Final Four” round.

According to LaPoint, the competition provided a challenge to discuss real-time agriculture issues of concern and determine a potential solution.

LaPoint will represent the Wyoming Farm Bureau in the American Farm Bureau Federation Collegiate Discussion Meet March 13-16 in Louisville, Kentucky. LaPoint is a freshman at LCCC pursuing a double major of agriculture business and animal science. From Evans, Colorado, she has been involved in agriculture through working on her family’s farm and ranch and a dairy farm.

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