“I’m really happy to have made it as far as I did in the competition,” Gibbons said. “There were some really great competitors from throughout the country. Making it in the top 16 is really an honor.”
Having won the Utah Farm Bureau’s ‘Discussion Meet’ in November, Gibbons qualified to compete with 36 other state winners from around the country. Winners of the national award received a 2014 Chevrolet or GMC Truck.
The Discussion Meet simulates a committee meeting in which active discussion and participation are expected. Participants are evaluated on their ability to exchange ideas and information on a predetermined topic.
For his Utah Farm Bureau award, Gibbons received a 2013 Polaris Trailboss ATV, a $500 check from Utah Farm Bureau, a safety helmet and a year’s insurance policy from Farm Bureau Financial Services for the ATV.
Gibbons’ success in the ‘Discussion Meet’ shows that he is able to successfully articulate the value of agriculture to others, in addition to building up his professional skills in the dairy industry.
“It’s fantastic to have a young dairyman from Utah recognized among our country’s finest,” said Leland Hogan, president of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. “We don’t have the same numbers involved in agriculture as they traditionally do in states like California, Iowa and Tennessee, so it’s great to see Utah’s young people recognized.”
This discussion meet is an important activity that helps young farmers and ranchers learn to explain important agricultural issues based on their merits, not by using inflammatory language that is often found in current political debates.
Gibbons is known in the region as a top-notch farmer who has continued his family’s tradition of quality dairy farming. While also being active in his participation with Farm Bureau and in the dairy industry, Gibbons finds time to serve in his community and church, and enjoys time working with his family.