WACO - A Coryell County school counselor and volunteer 4-H Club leader will represent the Lone Star State in New Orleans at the American Farm Bureau Federationís annual meeting next month following her win Sunday in the 2007 Discussion Meet at the 74th annual Texas Farm Bureau state convention.

Becky Coward, 31, topped six other competitors in the statewide contest, winning one yearís use of a Kubota M Series Tractor, an Artic Cat 500 4x4 and a $500 cash award from Dodge. A middle school counselor in Gatesville, Coward is no stranger to state level competition with the Farm Bureau. She and her husband, Will, a loan officer and rancher in Gatesville, also claimed the top seat in last yearís TFB Excellence in Agriculture Award.

The discussion meet is not unlike the conversations farmers and ranchers have every day in coffee shops across the state, where producers share insights on current topics facing their industry. Topics are selected from wide spectrum of concerns to agribusiness, and participants are then judged on their ability to provide insightful commentary and develop a topic.

Runners-up were Steve Estes of Fisher County, Joy Davis of Johnson County and Brent Carlson of Deaf Smith County. Each finalist receives a power drill from Grainger Inc. and a complimentary pair of Justin Brand boots.

Other participants in the statewide contest were Steven Lowak of Wilson County, Cole Young of Fort Bend County and Trey Buzbee of Hill County. They along with all of the other competitors will receive a $50 gift certificate from Am-Pac.