Seventh to 12th grade students are being invited by the Agriculture Council of America to submit an original, 450-word essay about the importance of agriculture. This year's theme is "American Agriculture: Abundant, Affordable, Amazing." The deadline is February 12. Teachers and parents are asked to encourage their students to participate.
This year's theme highlights the importance of agriculture and how the industry continues to overcome new challenges. These include keeping food affordable, meeting the demands of a growing population with fewer acres, working with legislative influences and addressing consumer concerns. Students may choose to specifically address one or more of these challenges in their essay.
This year's national winner will receive a $1000 prize and round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., to be recognized during the Celebration of Ag Dinner held March 18, the 37th anniversary of National Ag Day.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry applications and official rules for the contest can be found at www.hpj.com/agdayessay.