Ethan Giebel of Juneau County was selected winner of the 2014 Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer and Agriculturist Discussion Meet contest at the organization’s 95th Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells on December 7.
The Discussion Meet contest is a panel discussion in which Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35 are judged on their ability to express their ideas and opinions and reach a solution on current issues affecting agriculture.
Giebel is a senior at UW-Platteville where he is pursuing a degree in agricultural education. He enjoys working on his parents’ farm in Juneau County, where they raise dairy steers, corn and alfalfa.
He also works as a freelance writer for the Wisconsin Agriculturist and Filament Marketing. On campus, he is a member of the UW-Platteville collegiate Farm Bureau, Collegiate FFA and Alpha Zeta. He is also is a member of the Juneau County Farm Bureau and a lifetime Mauston FFA Alumni member.
Giebel will compete in the national Discussion Meet contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Meeting next month in San Diego. He qualifies for the YFA trip to Washington D.C. in 2014. Midwest Stihl awarded a chainsaw and Rural Mutual Insurance provided a free financial plan. Giebel will be a guest of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation at next year’s WFBF Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference, and a special guest at the annual meeting of GROWMARK, Inc. in Chicago in August.
Other state finalists in the Discussion Meet were: Adam Wehling of Buffalo County, Jamie Propson of Manitowoc County, Peter Kimball of Pierce County.