2013 CASNR Discussion Meet Winners
Jim Bell (left) of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, shows off the 2013 Discussion Meet winners (L to R): Peyton Graham, first place, David Reynolds, Jonathan Allen and Evan Betterton.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – It’s an issue that has been highly debated in the media recently, immigration policy and reform in agriculture. Earlier this week, students from the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) gathered to discuss this highly debated topic.
 
Each spring semester, the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation hold a discussion meet to give students an opportunity to tackle timely topics of interest to agriculture. The issue of immigration policy and reform is at the forefront of agricultural debate around the country. Participation in the Collegiate Discussion Meet gives students an opportunity to practice research, problem solving, and public speaking skills. It also looks good on a resume.
 
Peyton Graham, from Munford, Tenn., a junior majoring in Food and Agribusiness took first place in the meet. In addition to the $800 first place prize, Graham will compete at the State Final Collegiate Meet this July at the Young Farmers and Ranchers Annual Conference in Columbia, Tenn.
 
Other winners include Jonathan Allen from Kingsport, Tenn., a junior in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (second place winner); David Reynolds from Knoxville, Tenn., a junior in Food and Agribusiness (third place winner); and  Evan Betterton from Cookeville, Tenn., a junior in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (fourth place).
 
The annual event was coordinated by Dr. Jim Larson, of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
 
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
 
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Contacts:
 
Stacy Williams, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 865-974-3176, swilliams@utk.edu
 
Doug Edlund, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 865-974-7141, dedlund@utk.edu