High school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin may apply for the 2020 Growmark Essay Contest. The essay contest theme is “Describe the ‘Farmer of the Future.’ What tools or skills will he or she need to be successful?”
This is the 27th year for the program, which is designed to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues affecting agriculture, and understand the unique role of cooperatives.
Students will share their idea of what the farmers of tomorrow will be and discuss the skills and tools they will need to use.
Essays will be submitted online at www.bit.ly/GMKEssay2020. The deadline for all submissions is midnight Central time on Nov. 8, 2019. Additional program details have been sent to agriculture teachers and are online at www.growmark.com.
Each state’s winner earns a $500 award and the winner’s FFA chapter receives a $300 award. Four runners-up per state each win $125 awards.
The program is offered annually. Past topics have included sustainability, careers in agriculture, and the cooperative principles.
The program is sponsored by the Growmark System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders.