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(Fort Wayne, Ind.) – Dec. 15, 2023 – Kylie Wheeler of Henry County is the winner of the 2023 Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ag Professionals Discussion Meet. The competition, which was held Dec. 14-15 in Fort Wayne as part of the INFB annual state convention, is one of the four major awards presented to Farm Bureau members aged 35 and younger. During the competition, contestants participated in a group discussion that simulates a committee meeting.
Wheeler and the other finalists discussed common dilemmas and potential problems facing farmers in America. Topics and questions included the following:
This year’s INFB Discussion Meet consisted of four rounds of competition, including semifinal and “Final Four” rounds. During the final round, the contestants competed, discussing how Farm Bureau can help elected leaders better understand the challenges of the agriculture sector and the importance of supporting the financial viability of America’s family farms and ranches. This year’s winner was announced at convention on Dec. 15.
Wheeler now advances to the national Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet, which will be held during the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention, Jan. 19-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Wheeler studied agricultural economics with a concentration in sales and marketing at Purdue University. She currently works at the Indiana Department of Agriculture as a district support specialist with the division of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Wheeler also serves on the Henry County Farm Bureau board as the county education outreach coordinator.
As the winner of the INFB Discussion Meet, Wheeler receives a $4,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and expenses paid to the national convention in Salt Lake City. The three runners-up were Austin Sinders of Clay County, Caleb Purkhiser of Washington County and Cody Pate of Posey County. The runners-up each receive a $1,000 cash prize from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
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