Franklin Parish Farmer Wins Discussion Meet at Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention


By Linda Benedict, LSU AgCenter

     NEW ORLEANS—Kody Beavers, a farmer from Franklin Parish, was named the winner of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet contest at the 2019 Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. 

     Beavers, who grows corn, cotton and soybeans on about 2,000 acres, competed against nine others who are all Louisiana Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35.

     The purpose of the contest is to stimulate these members to better analyze agricultural issues and decide solutions to best meet their needs. The competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion is expected from each member.

      The successful participant is a productive thinker with good communication skills and problem-solving abilities.

     The other three finalists in the competition were: Kassi Leger of St. Martin Parish, Wesley Adolph of Assumption Parish, and Jamie Rodriguez of Lafourche Parish.

     Topics the contestants discussed included better communication with consumers, the need for Louisiana farmers to find new markets and more uses for agricultural products and by-products.

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     Founded in 1922, the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization representing more than 137,000 member families.

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