Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation recently held its fourth annual Collegiate Discussion Meet at Mississippi State University, where seven undergraduate students competed for scholarships.

Skylar Baldwin, a Mississippi State University biochemistry major from Pearl River County, took home the $2,000 grand prize scholarship, a YETI cooler sponsored by Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance, an expense-paid trip to the 2018 MFBF Convention, and an expense-paid trip to compete in the 2019 American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Baldwin said she is extremely excited to have the opportunity to represent Mississippi agriculture on a national level.

“I can’t believe I won,” Baldwin said. “This is such an honor. I’m looking forward to studying and learning more prior to the national competition.”

Matthew Breland, a Mississippi State University agricultural education major from Oktibbeha County, Coley Tabb, a Mississippi State University agricultural engineering, technology and business major from Webster County, and Sarah Byrd, a Mississippi State University agronomy major from Oktibbeha County, each won a $500 scholarship as alternates.


The agriculture industry’s strength lies in a producers’ ability to analyze problems and decide on solutions best meeting their needs. The Collegiate Discussion Meet was designed to help college students build these crucial skills. By participating, individuals build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach a consensus and solve problems.

“The Collegiate Discussion Meet provides students with a unique opportunity to discuss their point of view, while gaining knowledge from others,” MFBF President Mike McCormick said. “I congratulate all of the winners of this year’s competition.”

The Collegiate Discussion Meet is sponsored by the MFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, and scholarships are provided to the winners through the Mississippi Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Scholarship Foundation.

Eligible contestants must be Mississippi Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35 who are undergraduate students enrolled at a Mississippi college or university.