Sneary named Oklahoma Farm Bureau Agriculture Discussion Meet State Champion

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Sneary named Oklahoma Farm Bureau Agriculture Discussion Meet State Champion

January 11, 2010

Steve Sneary
 
Northwestern Oklahoma State University agriculture instructor and University Farm manager Steve Sneary was named the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Agriculture Discussion Meet State Champion and was awarded with the use of a new 2010 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab pickup for one year. Other awards include a cash prize and an all-expense paid trip for two to compete against the nation’s finest young agriculture advocates from across the country at the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) National Discussion Meet and Convention in Seattle, Wash.

The discussion meet is a simulation of a board meeting discussing pertinent agriculture related issues. Contestants compete in two preliminary rounds, a sweet 16 round and one final four round. They are then judged on subject knowledge, courtesy, problem solving, implementation of their ideas and voice quality, and speaking ability.

Sneary was elected to the local Woods County Farm Bureau Board more than 11 years ago. YF&R is for young men and women involved in agriculture from the ages of 18 to 35.

He won the Oklahoma Farm Bureau YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award in 2005, and was named first runner-up at the American Farm Bureau Federation National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., in 2006. After he and his
wife Ashlee were elected as vice chairmen of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau State YF&R Committee in 2006, he decided that it was a great opportunity to bring a collegiate program to Northwestern.

Sneary established the Collegiate YF&R to allow students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, compete in contests to win valuable prizes, be involved in the local community and develop long-lasting contacts and friendships with people from across the state and nation.

Since that time, the students he instructs have made it as far as the top 16 in the nation in the Collegiate YF&R National Discussion Meet competitions and traveled to seven different states for agriculture conferences, competitions and tours.

Sneary feels that from leadership to friendship, this organization enhances the lives of all who are involved.

To learn more about YF&R contact Sneary at (580) 327-5956 or arsneary@nwosu.edu. For more information on Northwestern’s agriculture program contact Dr. Dean Scarbrough, associate professor of agriculture, at (580) 327-8487 or dascarbrough@nwosu.edu.

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