Sulemana wins TFB Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas)—Isaac Sulemana of Hidalgo County won the 2021 Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Discussion Meet during the organization’s 88th annual meeting.
Sulemana’s family raises cattle and grows, hay, corn, grain sorghum and cotton.
He is the chief of staff for Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez.
“Through the Discussion Meet, young Farm Bureau members talk about some of the current challenges facing agriculture,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “They are able to talk through possible solutions or develop goals for improvement. Their ideas and thoughts are important as agriculture continues to change and adapt.”
The YF&R Discussion Meet is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each contestant.
During the final round, the four finalists discussed sustainable agriculture and green energy opportunities.
During the discussion meet, the contestants build basic discussion skills, develop a deeper understanding of agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems through discussion.
Sulemana will receive an ATV, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, and a $5,000 cash award, courtesy of Farm Credit.
The Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet finalists were Grant Davis of Rusk County, Victor Salazar of Madison County and Ellisa Tiscareno of Erath County.
The three finalists will receive a $1,000 cash award, courtesy of Farm Bureau Bank, and a $500 cash award, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company.
Sulemana will represent Texas in the national Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet hosted by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) in January 2022.
The winner of the national Excellence in Agriculture award will receive a new Ford vehicle up to a value of $35,000 and paid registration to the Farm Bureau YF&R Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, courtesy of Ford.
The national runner-up will receive a Case IH Farmall 50A tractor, courtesy of Case IH.
Third place in the national EIA competition will receive a Case IH 40” Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and a $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH; a $2,500 Investing in Your Future cash prize, courtesy of American Agricultural Insurance Company; and $1,850 worth of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise, courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker.
The fourth-place national finalist will receive a Case IH 40” Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and a $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH.
For more information on young farmer and rancher activities for members ages 18 to 35, visit www.texasfarmbureau.org/YFR.