Students invited to submit essays or videos for Ag Day contest

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Agriculture Council of America calls on ninth- to 12th-grade students to submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture. The deadline is Feb. 4.

The ACA asks teachers and parents to encourage student participation. 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

Entrants may choose to either write an essay or create a video that acknowledges the many ways today’s growers are providing a safe, stable food supply and sustaining the significant role agriculture plays in everyday life.

The national written essay winner receives a $1,000 prize and round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., for recognition during the Celebration of Ag Dinner held March 15 at Whitten Patio at the USDA.

During dinner, the winner will have the opportunity to read the winning essay as well as join with industry representatives, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, media and other friends. The video essay winner wins a $1,000 prize, and the winning video will play during the Celebration of Ag Dinner.

Submission

All written entries should be sent to: Ag Day Essay Contest, Agriculture Council of America, 11020 King St., Suite 205, Overland Park, KS 66210, or submitted by e-mail to essay@agday.org.

Students may upload video essays at http://agday.leapfile.net and follow the directions on the page, or students may choose to mail video entries to the address above on a compact disc.

Visit www.agday.org or www.hpj.com/agdayessay to read official contest rules and for more details regarding entry applications.

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