Kansas Youth Writes Award-Winning Ag Day Essay

Thirty-fourth Ag Day celebrates agriculture, food and fiber.

Timothy Becker, an 11th grader at Norton Community High School in Norton, was the Kansas winner of the 2007 Ag Day Essay Contest, the Agriculture Council of America announced last week.

ACA called upon seventh- to 12th-grade students nationwide to submit original essays of 450 words about the importance of agriculture in the United States. Under the theme "American Agriculture in 2025," students were encouraged to focus their essays on the potential landscape of American agriculture in 2025 based on where we are today and the opportunities that lie ahead.

The following is an excerpt from Becker's essay:

"In 2025, American agriculture will stay the same in some ways, but change in others. These changes will come about from new technology and different consumer preferences. One way agriculture in America will change is by the products that are produced and marketed. Consumer will demand different products, and agriculture will change to fill their needs. Some of these changed markets will include the meat industry, the field of horticulture, and the alternative fuel portion of American agriculture."

"It is great to see today's youth have such strong support for the American agriculture industry," said Eldon White, president, Agriculture Council of America. "The entries covered a wide range of agricultural topics and ideas, showing the depth of interest and awareness that Kansas students have."
Today marks the 34th anniversary of National Ag Day. The goal of the ACA is to provide a spotlight on the agriculture, food and fiber industries the first day of spring (National Ag Day), to help consumers understand not only how food and fiber products are produced, but to celebrate accomplishments in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

For more information and to see a list of the 2007 state winners, visit www.agday.org.

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