Students from 7th to 12th grade have until Feb. 12 to enter an original, 450-word essay in the Agriculture Council's Ag Day Essay Contest.
This year's theme is "American Agriculture: Abundant, Affordable Amazing."
The theme highlights the importance of agriculture and how the industry continues to overcome new challenges including keeping food affordable, meeting the demands of a growing population with fewer acres, working with legislative influences and addressing consumer concerns.
This year's national winner will receive a $1,000 prize and round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., to be recognized during the Celebration of Ag Dinner held March 18 at Whitten Patio. At dinner, the winner will have the opportunity to join with industry representatives, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, media and other friends in a celebration of agriculture. Statewide winners of the contest also will be selected. Each state winner will receive a $100 prize.
The Ag Day Essay Contest is sponsored by CHS Inc., The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, High Plains Journal, National Association of Farm Broadcasting, National Agri-Marketing Association, Country Living Association and McCormick Company.
All entries should be sent to: Ag Day Essay Contest, Agriculture Council of America, 11020 King Street, Suite 205, Overland Park, KS 66210, or submitted by e-mail to [email protected]. Entry applications and official rules for the contest can be found at www.hpj.com/agdayessay.