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Children First: Debating domestic and imported beef


Buffalo High School FFA students are putting on a show.

"We are setup as if it was a restaurant and we have three different groups of people attending this restaurant. We have a pro table, a con table, and then two people in the middle that are indecisive," said sophomore Kameesha Morris.

All to get their audiences thinking about the divisive topic of domestic versus imported beef.

"We needed to create a presentation that was controversial, very current, and could touch everybody in America," said ag instructor Jake Evans.

The kids will present their skit at the state competition in Cheyenne on April 9. But first they're practicing in front of other groups.

"We're presenting today to Sheridan College Ag Department. We're also going to be visiting with the Sheridan County Commissioners. We've given presentations to the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce," said Evans.

To prepare the kids did a lot of fact-based research and talked with experts from throughout the country.

"It was really interesting talking to experts and specialists in the field of importing and exporting beef and just talking to them and their viewpoints on the issue," said sophomore Hannah Fraley.

"I really found it interesting the different regulations and rules that we can and cannot pose on another country," said Kameesha.

Evans says there are claims that importing foreign beef drives down domestic prices, along with worries about quality. But the kids aren't taking sides. They just want the audience to come away as informed as possible.

"Depending on what you've heard and your opinion on the matter, you can decide yourself," said Hannah.

Evans says last year's group won the state competition. But this year's team is a brand new group of students.

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