CSU, Chico News

High Honors for CSU, Chico Discussion Meet Team

Date: 12-08-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Mollie Aschenbrener
College of Agriculture

The California State University, Chico College of Agriculture’s Discussion Meet Team took home the gold at the California Young Farmers and Ranchers statewide Discussion Meet competition on December 6 , in Anaheim, Calif. This year four CSU, Chico students competed: Ryan Amaral, Jen Beretta, Brian Kim and Laura White.

With stiff competition from several collegiate teams, including Fresno and Cal Poly, SLO, CSU, Chico won the Discussion Meet Team competition with Jen Beretta in second, Ryan Amaral in fourth, and Brian Kim finishing in the top eight competitors.

During the discussion meet, contestants addressed pre-determined topics. In the final round they were asked, What can be done to encourage young people to get involved in the agricultural industry and remain there? Competitors were judged on their ability to exchange ideas and information, think logically and solve problems cooperatively. The meet is a roundtable discussion that simulates a real committee meeting where students discuss critical issues in agriculture.

The Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet was held during the California Farm Bureau Federation’s 91st annual meeting Dec. 5-9. The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of 91,000 members statewide. The Young Farmers and Ranchers program encourages members aged 18 to 35 to be active leaders in agriculture.

For more information regarding CSU, Chico’s Discussion Meet Team please contact Dr. Mollie Aschenbrener at maschenbrener@csuchico.edu.