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Published January 20, 2010, 08:00 AM

Essay competition focuses on agriculture

The Agriculture Council of America is again calling on seventh to 12th grade students to submit an original, 450-word essay about the importance of agriculture.

The Agriculture Council of America is again calling on seventh to 12th grade students to submit an original, 450-word essay about the importance of agriculture.

The theme of this year’s competition is “American Agriculture: Abundant, Affordable, Amazing.”

The deadline to submit is Feb. 12.

This year, the 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 $1,000 prize and a round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., to be recognized during the Celebration of Ag Dinner on March 18. The winner will have the opportunity to meet industry representatives, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, media and other friends in a celebration of agriculture.

Statewide winners of the contest also will be selected. Each state winner will receive a $100 prize. 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 essay@agday.org. Entry applications and official rules for the contest can be found online at www.hpj.com/agdayessay/.

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