Kati Kindschuh was selected the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Collegiate Discussion Meet contest at the organization’s 99th Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells on December 2.
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.
Kindschuh is a senior at UW-River Falls where she is studying agricultural marketing communications and agricultural business. She grew up in Brownsville on her family’s 65-cow-dairy farm where she found her love for Holstein and Jersey cattle while exhibiting at the Fond du Lac County and Wisconsin State Fair. After graduation she will be employed by United Cooperative as a marketing communication specialist.
By participating in the Collegiate Discussion Meet, 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.
Kindschuh received 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 FUSION Conference in Milwaukee in March.
Second runner-up was Heidi Smith. First runner-up was Casey Lobdell. Both Smith and Lobdell are students at UW-Platteville. Second and third place finalists each received a $500 scholarship courtesy of Waukesha County Farm Bureau.
Other finalists included Rachel Gerbitz and Emily Matzke from UW-Madison and Jacob Timm from UW-River Falls.