S.D. Farm Bureau young farmers & ranchers excel at National Leadership Conference

Farm Forum

Huron – Young members of the South Dakota Farm Bureau received honors at the American Farm Bureau’s national Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference held February 8-12 in Phoenix.

Two South Dakota State University students competed in the national Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet and advanced to the “Sweet 16” round, one step away from the “Final Four” round where the winner is chosen. Bailey Hurlbert, a junior Ag Education and Ag Communications major from Raymond, S.D., and John Weber, a sophomore Animal Science major from Sanborn, M.N., won the SDSU Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet last November and were chosen to represent South Dakota at this national contest. South Dakota was one of only two states to advance both of their competitors to the Sweet 16 round, and Bailey and John were the first Collegiate Farm Bureau members from South Dakota to ever make it this far in the competition.

“Bailey and John both did an outstanding job in the Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet,” said Scott VanderWal, President of the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) from Volga, S.D. “They were definitely among the top contestants there in Phoenix.”

The Discussion Meet contest is designed to simulate a