Sean Krebs of Clearwater, Cadrien Livingston of Orchard, Brady Revels of Omaha, and David Schuler of Bridgeport advanced to the final round of the Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet to be held at the next NEFB Annual Convention, Dec. 8-10, 2019.
Seth Mangels of Hoskins was named first alternate and Amy Musgrave of Ong is the second alternate.
Rather than debating, contestants work to develop a solution to a problem being discussed, building on each other’s contributions. Competitors in the annual contest must be prepared to speak on any number of agriculture-related topics; the selected question is announced a short time prior to the contest round. Finalists received the top scores of contestants after competing in three rounds of the discussion meet at the YF&R Conference, Feb. 8-9.
Krebs is from Antelope County and a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in Agriculture Engineering. He grows popcorn, field corn, and soybeans on his family farm, as well as raising cow/calf pairs.
Livingston is a Knox County Farm Bureau member and serves on the YF&R Committee. She is a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Agriculture Communication and will graduate in December 2019. Livingston raises Registered Gelbvieh Angus cattle with her mother on their family farm. She is also an advocate for safety in agriculture.
Revels is a Douglas County Farm Bureau board member and serves on the YF&R Committee. He grew up on a family farm in Florida but relocated to Nebraska when his job as a sales representative for an animal health company moved him to Omaha. He helps coach several area FFA judging teams and volunteers with the Nebraska State Dairy Contest. His wife, Katie, is a chiropractor.
Schuler is a Morrill County Farm Bureau member and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Animal Science. He raises Red Angus seed stock with his family on their ranch. Schuler also served as an FFA State Officer.
Mangels is a Wayne County Farm Bureau member and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Business. He farms with his parents on their family farm raising cow/calf pairs and row crops. Mangles also works for Elkhorn Valley Bank in Norfolk.
Musgrave is a Clay County Farm Bureau member and serves as the county board president. She works as a statistician for the United States Department of Agriculture and raises Simmental/Angus cattle, club lambs, and Boer goats along with her husband, Ryan, and their 11-year-old son, Dax. Ryan and Amy were also the recipients of the 2018 YF&R Excellence in Agriculture award.
Finalists received a $50 prize and a chance to compete for $500 and an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the American Farm Bureau Discussion Meet in Austin, Texas. in January 2020. Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35 are eligible to compete in the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet. For more information, visit www.nefb.org/yfr.