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Chaplin Wins Kentucky Farm Bureau's Discussion Meet
Kentucky Ag Connection - 12/05/2017

Miranda Chaplin of Bourbon County won first place in the final round of Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Discussion Meet, a debate-styled competition for young farmers that relies on an individual's skill in reasoning and logical discussion of issues. The event was one of the highlighted activities of a general session during KFB's annual meeting in Louisville.

Chaplin bested three other entrants in the final event, winning a Kawasaki MULE donated by Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company and Jacobi Sales. She also won a trip to the national finals in Nashville, Tenn. as part of the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention, Jan. 5-10. When Chaplin competes for top national honors next month in Nashville, she will be vying for a 2018 Ford pickup courtesy of Farm Bureau Financial Services, and a paid registration to the 2018 AFBF YF&R Conference in Reno, Nevada February 16-19.

Second place receives a Case IH Farmall 50A courtesy of Case IH.

Third place will receive a Case IH 40" Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and a $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH. They will also receive $2,000 of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise (PROTO, Dewalt, Stanley, Lenox & Irwin), courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker.

Fourth place receives a Case IH 40" Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and a $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH.

Runner-up in the state Discussion Meet was Cody Rakes, who received $1,000 cash from KFB.

The two other finalists in the state-level contest were Lilly Robertson of Logan County and Taylor Jones of Gallatin County. They each received $200 cash awards from KFB.

KFB's Discussion Meet tests entrants on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to respond in a panel setting to differing points of view. The topic debated by the four finalists was: "With a growing demand for U.S. farm products abroad, how can agriculture overcome public skepticism of foreign trade to negotiate new trade agreements and open new world markets?"

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