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Whitfield wins Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

Shea Whitfield of Belzoni, a corn, soybean, and rice farmer from Humphreys County, won the 2009 Farm Bureau Discussion Meet. Whitfield bested three other contestants in the final round, held at Farm Bureau’s 88th Annual Meeting in Jackson.

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.

Whitfield 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.

Whitfield will now represent Mississippi in the National Discussion Meet held at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, in mid-January.

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