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'Famous People in Wisconsin Ag' Is Essay Contest Topic

All fourth and fifth grade students can participate.

"Famous People in Wisconsin Agriculture" is this year's topic of an essay contest for all Wisconsin fourth and fifth grade students, organized by the Ag in the Classroom program.

This year's topic will help students learn about famous Wisconsin people that have had an impact on Wisconsin agriculture," said Darlene Arneson, coordinator of the Ag in the Classroom program. "This topic fits nicely into history and social study lessons and allows students to research more about some of Wisconsin's unique history."

Students from across the state are encouraged to select a person that has had a major influence in Wisconsin agriculture (past or present) and research some of the inventions, discoveries, and other achievements. The contest is sponsored by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and We Energies. Last year more than 1,500 students participated in the essay contest.
Contest information, rules, lesson plans, resources, and sample activities are located on the Ag in the Classroom web site at, or contact Darlene Arneson at (608) 828-5719 or [email protected]

The essay is promoted in grade schools throughout Wisconsin by county Farm Bureaus. Schools need to submit essays by Jan. 15 to their county Farm Bureau office. The essays must be between 100 to 300 words in length and are judged on content, grammar, spelling and neatness. Nine district winners will be chosen by March 2009 and a state winner will be selected at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's Women's Leadership Seminar. Each district winner will receive a classroom presentation and victory party in the spring of 2009 for their entire class (or homeroom). A state winner 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 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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