Nov. 4, 2014
Gainesville, Fla. –At the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Youth Speech Contest finals on Oct. 30, Stephen Singleton of Putnam/St. Johns County County took top honors, as judges selected him over six other competitors. Singleton received a plaque and $500.
The event was held at the organization’s annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach. Kiley Phillips of Citrus County was the runner-up.
This year’s topic was “Food security is an important issue to the people of the United States. How can Florida agriculture continue to provide quality solutions for the future?” The contestants were judged on content and delivery, and were given five minutes to speak.
The contest is meant to promote a stronger interest and clearer understanding of the many aspects of agriculture among our youth. Each year the Youth Speech Contest begins at the county level. The winner of each county contest competes in district contests and the district winners then make their presentations at the Florida Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting.