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A panel of judges selected Samantha Gibson of Norborne and Mason Kiehl of Columbia as 2014 Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors during the organization’s 99th annual meeting Dec. 8 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
The Missouri Farm Bureau ambassador program selects a male and female student, 17-22 years of age, to represent agriculture and Farm Bureau for one year. Each Ambassador receives a $1,250 educational scholarship and travels to Washington, D.C., in March on a Farm Bureau legislative trip. As ambassadors, Gibson and Kiehl will make selected appearances throughout 2014 promoting agriculture on behalf of
Missouri Farm Bureau. They will assist with Farm Bureau events at the Missouri State Fair and elsewhere. Gibson and Kiehl were picked from a field of 18 contestants selected by county Farm Bureaus.
Gibson represented the Carroll County Farm Bureau. Her parents are Todd and Sharon Gibson. She currently attends the University of Missouri-Columbia where she is majoring in agriculture education and minoring in economics.
The contest’s six finalists presented five-minute speeches and extemporaneously responded to a question before judges selected the winners.