Fresno State Ag students advance to national meet

The Fresno BeeDecember 14, 2013 

Fresno State agriculture students won a state championship at the California Farm Bureau's Collegiate Discussion Meet on Dec. 8 and will go on to compete at a national level in February.

The Jordan College of Agriculture Sciences and Technology squad has 10 members that contributed to the win, and member Jake Carlson also won the individual state championship. This is the Fresno State team's third win, and Carlson is the fourth Fresno State student to be named champion. He won $1,250 for his win.

Four Fresno State team members qualified for the Elite 8 semi-final round of the competition. Three advanced to the final round, and Carlson's teammate Audra Roland was first runner-up.

The event simulates a committee meeting where participants build basic discussion skills, develop an understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can work together to solve problems.

The national competition, the American Farm Bureau Federation's Collegiate Discussion Meet, will be held in Virginia Beach, Va. beginning Feb. 7.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com

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