Local farmers in state competition

Two St. Joseph County farmers are participating this week in state-level, leadership-development programs sponsored by Michigan Farm Bureau.

It provides “Young Farmer” members, ages 18-35, with several competitive opportunities to hone their talents and measure themselves against peers from across the state.

Riley Brazo and Marcia Cripps, both of Sturgis, will represent the organization’s five-county southwestern region in the final rounds of the state-level Young Farmer Discussion Meet, taking place today and Wednesday in Grand Rapids.

Brazo and Cripps discussed their way through a field of 30 peers from across the state during the Nov. 12 semifinals. Discussion Meets simulate committee meetings, with the competitors judged on their ability to explore a problem and find solutions.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, Loren King of Burr Oak claimed one of MFB’s four Young Farmer Awards. The organization’s Excellence in Agriculture honor recognizes young farmers’ involvement in agriculture, leadership and participation in Farm Bureau.

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