Meikah Dado was selected the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Collegiate Discussion Meet contest at the organization’s 100th Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells on December 8.
Dado is a senior at UW-Madison where she is majoring in dairy science and life sciences communications. She grew up in Amery on her family’s dairy farm. She is a co-host for a radio show, Ag Chat, a member of Badger Dairy Club and Association of Women in Agriculture; a past state FFA Officer and National FFA officer candidate and works for Sassy Cow Creamery. She plans to attend graduate school for agricultural leadership, education and communication with and emphasis in international development.
Dado is passionate about agricultural education at all levels and as a past state FFA officer is looking forward to graduate school to focus on the direct effect of agriculture outside of the classroom.
The Collegiate Discussion Meet is a panel discussion in which collegiate 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.
Dado receives a $1,500 scholarship courtesy of GROWMARK, Inc., and will represent Wisconsin in the national Collegiate Discussion Meet held in conjunction with the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, in March.
Other finalists included Brooke Trustem from UW-Madison; Alyssa Demrow and Christopher Fuchs from UW-Platteville; and Emma Jorgenson and Lydia Luebke from UW-River Falls.