Maddie Weninger of Wright County took first place in the Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet. 

The Discussion Meet finalists competed virtually in two semi-final rounds on Monday, November 16th. 

The final competition round was held virtually on Tuesday, November 17th. 

Contestants were judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem-solving.

Weninger will advance to national competition where they will represent Minnesota in the national contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Annual Meeting held January 9-13, 2021. 

They also received a recognition plaque from MFBF, $500 prize, a trip to the MFBF LEAP Conference to be held in Sioux Falls, SD in 2021 and a leadership development trip to Washington D.C. 

Weninger took home the top honors and is a senior at South Dakota State University studying agricultural education and Spanish. 

Other top finalists in the Discussion Meet were Amanda Cook of Chisago County and Elizabeth Nass of Headwaters Regional, Clearwater County.