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Wisconsin Dells — Sally Albers was selected the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Collegiate Discussion Meet contest at the organization’s 97th Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells on December 4.

Albers is an agricultural education major and biology education minor at UW-River Falls.

The Collegiate Discussion Meet is a panel discussion in which collegiate Farm Bureau members are judged on their ability to lead a committee discussion on current issues affecting agriculture and to develop consensus on an action plan to effectively address issues.

By participating, members build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.

Growing up in the Sauk Prairie area, she was involved with her family’s beef, hog and crop farm by caring for animals and harvesting crops. In high school, she started her own hog business consisting of six to eight pigs each year.

Albers was active in FFA and served as the Wisconsin FFA President from 2015-2016.

Albers will represent Wisconsin in the national collegiate Discussion Meet contest at the American Farm Bureau’s FUSION Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.,this February.

Other finalists included Rachel Gerbitz and Mariah Martin from UW-Madison, Gloria Kesler and Ben Roys from UW-Platteville and Matt Kortbein from UW-River Falls.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization, representing farms of every size, commodity and management style.

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