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Burnham wins Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

Dr. Matthew Burnham, a cattle farmer and teacher from Covington County , was selected winner of the 2006 Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet. Rogers bested three other contestants in the final round, held at Farm Bureau’s 85th Annual Meeting in Jackson , Dec. 1-2.

The Discussion Meet is a competition that allows contestants to discuss in detail an issue pertinent to agriculture. It is not a debate or speech contest. The participants are judged on their ability to organize their thoughts and on their ability to reach a logical conclusion in relation to the issue at hand. They are also judged on how well they involved the other contestants in the discussion process, working toward gaining a consensus among those contestants.

As Mississippi ’s winner, Burnham will compete in the national competition at the upcoming American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, to be held in Salt Lake City , Utah , in mid-January. He will be among some 40 other state winners.

Burnham won a 4-wheeler ATV, compliments of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company. He also received cash awards from Federal Land Bank Associations and Dodge Corporation.

Burnham and his wife Dana Kaye operate a small brangus cattle operation. He also teaches at Jones Junior College . The Burnhams have one child, Audrey Kate who is six months old.


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