LaVista, Neb. – John Temme, who manages his family dairy farm near Wayne, was announced as the winner of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet contest during the membership luncheon at the organization’s 98th Annual Convention held Dec. 8 in LaVista, Neb.

The family farm is home to 900 milk cows, 15 employees, and 1100 acres of row crops. In addition to the dairy operation he and his wife, Molly, are part owners in Jolly Cow Calf Ranch which specializes in raising bottle calves for dairies. When John isn’t busy managing cows and employees he helps his wife with her coffee house and serves on various boards. He currently serves as the vice president on Wayne County Farm Bureau and is the Dairy representative on Nebraska Farm Bureau’s State Legislative Policy Committee. He received the top score of five contestants who advanced to the final round of the Discussion Meet contest.

Competitors in the annual contest must be prepared to speak on any number of agriculture-related topics; the selected question is announced a short time prior to each round of the contest. Rather than debating, contestants work to develop a solution to a problem being discussed, building on each other’s contributions.

Temme received $500, an iPad and an all-expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention in Orlando, Florida, in January 2016, to compete in the contest at the national level.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service and advocacy efforts. More than 60,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit