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Ag in the Classroom Essay Contest Topic Announced

Entries are due Jan. 15.

The Ag in the Classroom has announced the title of its 2007-08 essay contest for fourth and fifth grade students in the state. The essay is titled "From the Farm to My Home," which emphasizes how various commodities are grown, raised or produced in the state, and how they get to the consumer. The contest is sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Wisconsin Fresh Market Vegetable Growers Association, and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.

The Ag in the Classroom essay contest helps students in fourth and fifth grades learn more about Wisconsin agriculture, Wisconsin agribusiness, and the food system in Wisconsin. Last year more than 1,100 students participated in the essay contest.

Contest information and rules, lesson plans, resources, and sample activities are location on the Ag in the Classroom web site at or by contacting Darlene Arneson at 608-828-5719 or [email protected].  

The essay is promoted in grade schools throughout the state by county Farm Bureaus. Schools need to submit essays by Jan. 15 to county Farm Bureau leaders. The essays must be between 100 to 300 words in length and are judged on content, grammar and spelling, and neatness. Nine district winners will be chosen in March 2008 at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's Women's Conference. Each district winner will receive a classroom presentation and victory party for their entire class or homeroom. A state winner will be chosen and will receive a special award.

The Ag in the Classroom is a program to help students K-12 to understand the importance of agriculture. The program is coordinated by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation in cooperation with the Wisconsin Agribusiness Council and U.S. Department of Agriculture, and by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Learn more at

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