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Enter our Ag Essay Contest and Win Great Prizes


Students in grades 4-12 are again encouraged to “chew on” the impact of Indiana foods and farmers for the 2nd Annual Ag Essay Contest titled “Our Food, Our Farmers: Feeding the World.” This year’s contest explores Indiana’s role as a global agricultural leader.

Sponsored by Indiana’s Family of Farmers and Indiana Humanities, the essay contest encourages students to recognize and share all the ways Indiana agriculture plays a positive role in their own lives –as well as in the lives of those around them. The essay competition includes three grade levels: 4-6; 7-9 and 10-12. Entries must be received by Feb. 1, 2012.

Grade Level/Essay Theme:

Grades 4-6: What is the World Food Prize? Profile either of the two Indiana winners and describe why their work is important. (View this resource list to find out who the Indiana winners are.) Teachers: View the state standards tied to this exercise.

Grades 7-9: Indiana is a national leader in the production of many of the crops, livestock and food products that the world consumes. How does this benefit our state? Teachers: View the state standards tied to this exercise.

Grades 10-12: How do Indiana farmers, companies and researchers play a role in making food products better for consumers? Teachers: View the state standards tied to this exercise.

There will be a first and second place winner from each grade level. First place winners will receive an Apple iPad and second place winners will receive a Kodak PlaySport camcorder. All winners will be invited to attend a special recognition ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse on March 8, 2012, in celebration of National Ag Day.

Find resources for the essays.
View the state standards tied to this exercise.
Read the entry guidelines.
Download a poster or flyer to hang up in your school or business.
Read last year’s essay winners!

  1. How and where can we submit entries for the essay contest?

  2. Kristen Fuhs Wells says:

    Hi Elizabeth, the details for submissions can be found here:
    You can submit them via email or mail. The deadline is Feb. 1. Thanks and good luck!

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