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County residents win awards at 94th Farm Bureau meeting

December 22, 2009

OCEAN CITY, Md. - Jamie Beckley of Washington County was the winner of the Collegiate Discussion Meet at the 94th Maryland Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City recently.

Her national competition will take place at the AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference in Tulsa, Okla., in February.

The winners of the 2009 Young Farmer Achievement Award were Brooks and Katie Long of Washington County. Jason Watt of Carroll County captured the Excellence in Agriculture honor. Curt Kleinsorg of Carroll County won the Discussion Meet honor. All of those winners will represent Maryland Farm Bureau in the national competition at the AFBF convention in Seattle in January.

In other convention news, seven Farm Bureau leaders were recognized for their service on the Maryland Farm Bureau Board of Directors as they retired. They were Bill Kenney of Wicomico County, Chris Parker of Prince George's County, Sam Fielder of Harford County, Galen Long of Washington County, David Beall of Carroll County, Brian Johnson of the Young Farmers Committee and Evelyn Wilcom of the Women's Leadership Committee.

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Newly elected directors to the board were Charles Otto of Wicomico County, Yates Claggett of Prince George's County, Jay Ricky of Harford County, Ronnie Leggett of Washington County, William Harrison of Carroll County, Joe-Sam Swann of the Young Farmers Committee and Irene Harper of the Women's Leadership Committee.

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