Ninth- to 12th-grade students who are interested in agriculture are called on to submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture. The project is sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America, which will present $1,000 to two grand-prize winners.

This year’s theme is "American Agriculture: Feeding the Future, Filling the Gaps."  The theme’s objective is to present an opportunity for students to address how the agriculture industry is feeding the world’s growing population today and tomorrow.

The submission deadline for the contest is Feb. 1, 2012. Entrants may choose between writing an essay or creating video that illustrates how today's farmers are overcoming challenges to provide a safe, stable food supply, as well as sustain the significant role agriculture plays in everyday life.

"CHS is proud to help support students through this year's Ag Day essay and video contest," says Annette Degnan, marketing communications director, CHS Inc. "We want to recognize today's youth and their ability to help communicate the importance of agriculture's role in our society. We look forward to seeing the entries that students develop around the theme, "American Agriculture: Feeding the Future, Filling the Gaps."

A grand-prize winner will be selected from the written essay contestants as well as one from the video contestants. Each winner will receive a $1,000 prize and round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C. They will be recognized during the Celebration of Ag Dinner held March 8 at Whitten Patio at the USDA headquarters. Both winters will present their entries during the event as well as join with industry representatives, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, media and other friends in a festive ag celebration.

The 2012 program will mark the 39th anniversary of National Ag Day. ACA’s goal is to provide a spotlight on agriculture and the food and fiber industry, as well as help consumers understand more about how their safe, abundant and affordable products are produced.

Sponsors for the Ag Day Essay Contest include CHS, The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal, National Association of Farm Broadcasters, National Agri-Marketing Association, Country Living Association and McCormick Company.

All written entries should be sent to: 2012 Ag Day Essay Contest, Agriculture Council of America, 11020 King Street, Suite 205, Overland Park, KS 66210, or submitted by e-mail to Students may upload video essays here, and follow the directions outlined on the page, or students may choose to mail video entries on a compact disc to the address noted previously. Visit the Ag Day website or the essay website  for more details and to read official contest rules.


Source:  ACA