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Gibson and Kiehl Named Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassadors



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A panel of judges selected Samantha Gibson of Norborne, Mo., and Mason Kiehl of Columbia, Mo., 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.  She is a College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) ambassador, a CAFNR career coach, an agriculture education mentor and a member of the Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow, Agriculture Education Society, and Collegiate Farm Bureau.

Kiehl represented the Linn County Farm Bureau and is the son of Don and Lori Kiehl.  He is a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in ag systems management. He is active in the Collegiate Farm Bureau, ASM Club, Ag Economics Club and Ag Future of America.

The contest began Sunday morning as judges interviewed each student.  During the Sunday evening program, six finalists presented five-minute speeches and extemporaneously responded to a question before judges selected the winners. The Ambassador program is sponsored by the Missouri Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee.  Scholarship funds come from the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

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