York County Farm Bureau member, Jason Perdue of York is the winner of the 2018 Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet competition. The award was announced Dec. 4, at the “We Love Our Members” luncheon during the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 101st Annual Convention held Dec. 2-4 in Kearney.
Perdue received the top score of the contestants who advanced to the final round of the Discussion Meet contest. Rather than debating, contestants work to develop a solution to a problem being discussed, building on each other’s contributions. Competitors in the annual contest must be prepared to speak on several current agriculture-related topics; the selected question is announced a short time prior to the contest round. Perdue works for a family owned ag retail company that distributes crop protection products. He also raises corn and soybeans, has a small cattle herd, and is a contract poultry farmer. He serves as the York County Farm Bureau president and represents the At-Large position on the YF&R committee.
Perdue competed with three other contestants, Chris Niemann, Eleanor Aufdenkamp, and Brady Revels. Chris Niemann, is a fourth-generation farmer who grows corn, soybeans, and raises beef cattle on his family farm in Butler County near Dwight and serves on the Butler County Farm Bureau board. Eleanor Aufdenkamp is a second-year student at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NTCA) in Curtis, majoring in Agriculture Education. Her goals include becoming a high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. Aufdenkamp is heavily involved in her Collegiate Farm Bureau, livestock judging team, Collegiate Cattlemen, and NCTA Women in Ag. Brady Revels of Omaha is a Douglas County Farm Bureau board member and represents the Southeast Region on the YF&R Committee. He grew up on a family farm in Florida but relocated to Nebraska when his job as a sales representative for an animal health company moved him to Omaha. He helps coach several area FFA judging teams and volunteers with the Nebraska State Dairy Contest.
Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35 can participate in the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet competition. As a Nebraska winner, Perdue will receive $500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana in January to compete in the contest at the national level. For more information, visit www.nefb.org/yfr