Spiker a Finalist in Ohio Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

For Immediate Release

August 27, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Andrew Spiker of Adamsville has been named a finalist in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 2010 Discussion Meet. The annual contest tests young professionals’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communication skills.

Spiker will participate in the finals of the competition during OFBF’s annual meeting Dec. 1 to 3 in Columbus, discussing the following topics:

·         Has technology become essential for American farmers? Should Farm Bureau influence and encourage all generations of farmers, ranchers and agriculturalists to embrace technological opportunities?

·         Given recent challenges, such as volatile food prices and limited world food supplies, do American consumers adequately appreciate the importance of U.S.-produced food? Will American consumers consider American agriculture important to our security in the future?

Spiker is an eight-year member of the Muskingum County Farm Bureau, where he serves as vice president on the county board and as team leader for the Center for Food and Animal Issues action team. He, along with his father and uncle operate a beef and grain farm. Spiker has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education from Ohio State University. He works as an agriculture education instructor for East Muskingum Schools.

Other finalists are Nichole Gordon-Coy of Carrollton, Shelby Brammell of Kenton and Tim Street of Richwood.

The winner of the contest will receive an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Atlanta in January to represent Ohio in the national contest. The winner will also receive $1,000 courtesy of Nationwide Insurance, $500 courtesy of Dodge and a Longaberger basket from Ohio Farm Bureau.


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