David Stutzman a finalist at FFA discussion meet 12.24.08

Written by David Green.

A Morenci FFA member advanced to the final six in a state discussion meet sponsored by the Michigan Farm Bureau.

David Stutzman, a junior member of the TECH Center FFA club, was among the top three at the Nov. 11 regional competition in Blissfield, qualifying for the state competition Dec. 3 at the state Farm Bureau meeting in Grand Rapids.

Stutzman advanced through the preliminary round into the finals and finished in the top six. Waldron’s Mackenzie Price was the state champion.

During the competition, contestants discuss a topic and are judged on constructive criticism, cooperation and communication. Ideas and information are exchanged with the goal of solving a problem.

Judges score each participant on  their opening statement, closing statement, delivery, problem solving, analysis of the topic and cooperative attitude. Double points are awarded for cooperative attitude.

The two topics and discussion points given this year were:

• What effect will increasing costs have on American agriculture, and how can farmers manage the increased costs?

Points: Transportation and fuel; Production costs (fertilizer, seed, feed); Labor; Share of the food dollar.

• Is there validity to the food vs. fuel debate with the use of agricultural products for bio-fuels over food?

Points: Efficiency; Animal feed costs and human food costs; Increasing imports/decreasing exports.

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