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Local boy does well at Discussion Meet

Posted by romeethredge on October 22, 2015

Kyle Dekle was the  winner in The Ga Farm Bureau Young Farmer Discussion Meet 

The competition was part of the 2015 Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer competitive events, held July 15-18 at the GFB Young Farmer Leadership Conference on Jekyll Island.

Dekle won the 2015 GFB Young Farmer Discussion Meet. Dekle, who teaches agriculture at Habersham Central High School, received a Polaris 4×4 ATV sponsored by Southern Farm Bureau Life and a $500 cash prize from Georgia Farm Bureau. Finalists Heather Brannen of Bulloch County, Garrett Ganas of Ware County and Caroline Lewallen of Hall County each received a $350 cash prize sponsored by SunTrust Bank.

The discussion meet drew 34 contestants. The first two rounds were held July 16. In Round 1 they discussed ways to get public support for right-to-farm laws and whether such laws should be determined on the state or federal level. In Round 2 they discussed how Farm Bureau should protect and encourage farmers ability to use new technology. In the Sweet 16 Round held July 17 they talked about whether Farm Bureau should draft policy to protect livestock producers from false accusations regarding animal welfare.

During the Final Four contestants discussed how to balance agricultural water needs with maintaining vibrant communities.

The discussion meet included a number of college students. Hickey, who is from Stephens County and attends the University of Georgia, was the top collegiate finisher in the discussion meet. She receives a trip to Kansas City, Mo., for the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference, where she will compete for national collegiate discussion meet honors.

Each of the state winners also receive an expense-paid trip to Orlando, Fla., in January 2016 for the American Farm Bureau
Federation (AFBF) Convention, where they will compete for national honors. The AFBF winners in the Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture contests each receive their choice between a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado or 2016 GMC Sierra pickup, as well as paid registration to the 2016 Young Farmer & Rancher Leadership Conference, to be held Feb. 12-16 in Kansas City, Mo. Runners-up in the three contests each receive a Case IH Farmall 50A tractor sponsored by Case IH, as well as $2,500 in cash and $500 worth of STIHL merchandise sponsored by STIHL.

We will be cheering Kyle on in January. I want to see him win that new truck. Kyle grew up here in Seminole County where his parents Don and Mary were Agriculture and Family and Consumer Science teachers at Seminole county High School.

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