To help celebrate Ag Day next March, the Agriculture Council of America is asking ninth- to 12th-grade students to submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture. The theme, "American Agriculture: Your Food. Your Farmer," presents an opportunity for students to address how the agriculture industry continues to feed a growing population.
Entries should focus on the many ways today's growers are providing a safe, stable food supply and sustaining the significant role agriculture plays in everyday life. Linda Tank, vice president, marketing and communications, CHS Inc., says today's youth are vibrant and resourceful and they want to recognize their ability to help communicate agriculture's ever-important role in keeping our nation's food, fiber and energy systems strong.
The national written essay winner will receive a $1,000 prize and will be recognized during the Celebration of Ag Dinner held March 15 at USDA in Washington, D.C. The video essay winner also receives a $1,000 dollar prize, and the winning video will play during the Celebration of Ag Dinner. Entry deadline is February 4, 2011. More information can be found at www.agday.org.