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St Thomas' Truddiann Ashmead is National Farm Queen 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

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TWENTY-five-year-old Truddiann Ashmead has been crowned Jamaica's 54th Farm Queen.

Ashmead, who represented St Thomas in the competition, is expected to represent the agricultural sector for one year.

The event, sponsored by Nutrimix, was held on August 5 at the Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Showgrounds in May Pen, Clarendon.

“[I] hope to be a voice of change for women in agriculture, as well as youths, as it relates to gender disparities in agriculture,” Ashmead shared.

In a showcase of knowledge of the agricultural sector nationally, the competition saw 12 ladies vying for the title.

At the end of the night, the University of the West Indies, Mona Gender & Development Studies major was crowned. St Catherine's Shannan Dawkins was declared the first runner-up, while Kingston & St Andrew's Shanique Shand was declared second runner-up.

The competition, which represents one of the major highlights on the first day of the agricultural show, required that each of the contestants deliver their talent piece based on the topic addressed in their technical paper.

The pieces were delivered in the form of storytelling, poetry and song, and addressed topics such as information technology, entrepreneurship in agriculture, climate-smart agriculture, agricultural drones, and land and food security.

The contestants were judged on five areas: technical paper, technical paper presentation, general knowledge, talent piece, and popular votes on social media site Facebook.

Ashmead was awarded best talent piece; Shand copped the prize for Best Technical Paper (written); Dawkins Best Technical Paper (presentation) and Social Media Star. Clarendon's Jelondo Mair walked away with the award for Most Agriculturally Aware; Best Personality went to Manchester's Shanice Walters; while St James' Tashane Whittingham won Most Congenial.

Ashmead, as part of her prize, will receive a scholarship to study at the College of Agriculture, Science & Education (CASE). She will also participate in a two-week exchange programme from Delaware State University and receive a cash prize from title sponsors Nutramix.

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