University of Mount Olive Student Wins Farm Bureau College Discussion Meet

University of Mount Olive Student Wins Farm Bureau College Discussion Meet

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive student Margo Lilley of Columbia, NC recently won the North Carolina Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet held in Raleigh. Lilley competed against agriculture students from NC State and NC A&T State.  She will represent North Carolina at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in March 2019.

The purpose of the American Farm Bureau Federation is to unify the voice of agriculture. Through the collegiate discussion meet, students are able to increase their leadership development skill and gain knowledge on agricultural issues while networking with other young farmers and ranchers.

“I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the discussion meet competition,” Lilley said. “Working through current issues in agriculture with other college students was an eye-opening experience, and gave me confidence in the future of our industry. I am thankful for the opportunity to represent North Carolina in the upcoming national event.”

Lilley graduated from Northeastern Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience in Jamesville, NC. She is a senior at UMO majoring in agricultural education.

“Margo is an exceptional student and excels in all that she attempts,” said Dr. Sandy Maddox, Director of the Agribusiness Center at the University of Mount Olive.  “She is well rounded, grounded in her faith, and has a passion for agriculture and education. She is a very hard worker and is a natural leader. Margo will represent North Carolina and Farm Bureau well at the American Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet.”

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit

L-R:  Margo Lilley and NC Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten