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Friday, 18 April 2014 14:24

Michigan farmer drives home national-level grand prize

(AREA) -- Michigan's first national-level Young Farmer Discussion Meet winner in 28-years drove home his grand prize this week. Huron County farmer Nathan Prill was handed the keys to his new Chevy Silverado, courtesy of General Motors and delivered through Thompson Chevrolet of Ubly on Wednesday. Prill grew up on a dairy farm near Bad Axe and relished the opportunity to return to his home county after college. By day he works as executive director of the Huron County Farm Service Agency. Outside the office he still works on his parent's dairy farm and raises tomatoes, cucumbers and leafy greens for direct sales to consumers at area farmers' markets.

Prill got to the national stage by winning the state-level Young Farmer Discussion Meet at Michigan Farm Bureau's 2013 Annual Meeting, December 3 in Grand Rapids. At discussion meets, participants are challenged by both the subject matter and by communicating their positions with diplomacy. Contestants are rewarded for their insightful knowledge of current agricultural issues, as well as their cooperative demeanor, tact and the civility of their delivery. Young Farmers ages 18-35 are eligible to compete in the state-level event after successfully advancing through district-level discussion meets.

Pictured: Nathan Prill accepting the keys to his new truck from Thompson Chevrolet President Rick Thompson and Paul McNair, GM's District Manager for sales, service and parts in Michigan and Ohio.