Long wins Ohio Farm Bureau discussion state meet

Elizabeth Long won the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation discussion meet held at the end of June in Miami County. For the national competition her goal is the elite eight. No one from Ohio has advanced beyond the sweet 16, Long said.

A London woman can call herself the winner of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Discussion Meet.

Elizabeth Long came out victorious in the final round of the competition, held during OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals Summer Reach Out event June 27 at Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy.

The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills.

Long won $1,000 from Nationwide Insurance, a Polaris Most Versatile Generator and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., where she will represent Ohio in the national Discussion Meet contest.

She will compete with other state champions from potentially all 50 states plus Puerto Rico.

Topics for discussion included two questions: “How do farmers balance their need for water and that of the surrounding community.” Additionally, the contest inquired: “How to strike a balance between the social and economic needs of farmers and ranchers versus burdensome federal regulations?”

“It was challenging, definitely challenging,” Long said.

Long said she gathered information from a variety of sources: a farm bureau lobbyist, Madison County’s policies and utilization, water update meetings and other articles and reading materials.

Long is a Madison County Farm Bureau member where she serves as the communications action team leader. She also is a graduate of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER program Class V. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University.

Long is an agriculture and commercial loan officer with Merchants National Bank.

She competed with two other finalists, Elaine Beekman of Wellington and Jennifer Wilson of Jenera.

The Discussion Meet is hosted by OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals — singles and married couples ages 18 to 35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.

To learn more about the Discussion Meet and the Young Ag Professionals program, visit experienceyap.com.

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