Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
Agricultural News and Information
Greg Gibson, Coordinator
Public Relations / Multimedia
1-800-227-8244 ext. 4154
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
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.
Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm
organization with more than 230,000 member-families statewide. There
are Farm Bureaus in all 82 counties in Mississippi
where agriculture comprises a fundamental part of
Mississippi 's economy.
Headquartered in Jackson
, the federation is an independent, non-profit agricultural
organization and is not associated with any arm of the government.
For more information about Farm Bureau, visit our website at www.msfb.com.