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Ag essay contest looking for submissions

Thursday, November 15, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- Students in grades 4-12 are encouraged to consider the impact of Indiana foods and farmers for the third Ag Essay Contest, titled, "Our Food, Our Farmers: Nourishing Generations of Hoosiers."

The essay competition includes three grade levels: 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, and aligns with a number of state standards.

A breakdown of the state core academic standards met by the essay contest is available on the Indiana's Family of Farmers website.

Entries must be received by Feb. 1, 2013.

"This essay contest is a great way for teachers to meet curriculum demands while providing an interesting and engaging outlet for students to learn about one of the state's most important industries," Indiana Humanities President and CEO Keira Amstutz said. "By participating in this contest, we hope students will think, read and talk more about Indiana's rich agricultural history and its future."

Sponsored by Indiana's Family of Farmers and Indiana Humanities, the 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.

For the 2013 competition, the same question will be asked of all three grade levels. The question is: Describe how Indiana farmers nourish families, animals and the earth. Students are also required to provide examples from each of the three areas.

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 Beats by Dr. Dre headphone set.

All winners will be invited to attend a special recognition ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse March 5, 2013, in celebration of National Ag Day.

"Indiana's family farmers are committed to providing an abundant supply of healthy food and fiber to nourish Hoosiers, while also caring for our natural resources," Indiana Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay said. "We look forward to hearing from our next generation and learning how these foods impact their lives and the lives of their families."

Entry guidelines may be accessed at www.indianahumanities.org or www.indianafamilyoffarmers.com.

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