UW-River Falls Student Competes in Collegiate Discussion Meet

Jared Mack, a student from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls competed in the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Virtual Collegiate Discussion Meet held in conjunction with their FUSION Conference.

Mack is a junior majoring in agriculture education and minoring in agribusiness. Last year, he served the Wisconsin Association of FFA as a state officer. Originally from Merrimac, Mack participated in many FFA leadership development events and his supervised agricultural experience program included poultry management, mowing lawns and managing wildlife.

It was a great privilege to represent the Wisconsin Farm Bureau in the Collegiate Discussion Meet.” Mack said. “The Fusion Conference was a tremendous experience to work with other Collegiate Farm Bureau members from across the nation to discuss ideas about agriculture, leadership, and opportunities that Farm Bureau has to offer!” 

The Collegiate Discussion Meet, conducted using web conferencing this year, is designed to replicate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each collegiate participant. Participants are judged on their ability to exchange ideas and information on an agricultural topic and find answers or solutions related to it.

Mack qualified for the national competition upon winning the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet. All competitors received a $150 scholarship courtesy of CHS Foundation, in recognition of their efforts and making it to the national level.  

The YF&R program includes men and women between the ages of 18 and 35. The program’s goals are to help younger Farm Bureau members learn more about agriculture, network with other farmers and realize their full potential as leaders in agriculture and Farm Bureau.

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization representing farms of all sizes, commodities and management styles. Wisconsin has Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters at UW-Madison, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls.