News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 23, 2012

‘Our Food, Our Farmers’ essay contest under way


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Students in grades 4-12 are encouraged to consider the impact of Indiana foods and farmers for the third annual 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.

“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,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities.

“By participating in this contest, we hope students will think, read and talk more about Indiana’s rich agricultural history and its future.”

The contest encourages students to recognize and share all the ways Indiana agriculture plays a positive role in their lives and the lives of others.

Entrants should describe how Indiana farmers nourish families, animals and the earth (soil). Provide an example 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 iPad, and second-place winners will receive a Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones.

All winners will be invited to ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse on March 5 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,” said Indiana Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay. “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 can be found at www.indianahu or www.indi