Don’t miss the 2014 National Ag Day art contest deadline

Although months away from National Ag Day in March 2014, the second annual art poster contest deadline is just around the corner. Entries must be received on or before October 31.

Ag Day poster contestCalling all high school and college amateur artists, the National Ag Day art contest is open for entries. The theme of the 2014 contest is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed”. The winning entry will be published as the official National Ag Day poster and the artist will receive a $1,000 scholarship. In addition, the artist and the artwork will be featured in Ag Day materials and in Successful Farming magazine. Last year was the first year for this contest and a Michigan student, April Fox of Wayne State University, was the winning artist.

Michigan State University Extension recognizes the need for increasing agriculture literacy.  Today’s consumers are generations removed from the farm so there is an ever present need for public educational efforts to increase the knowledge of modern food production and farming practices. The National Ag Day art contest is an avenue for students to show consumers the commitment and passion of farmers and ranchers who work day in and day out to feed the world’s population. 

For students who prefer writing to art, there is also an essay contest for National Ag Day. This contest is open to 9th - 12th grade students who submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture. The deadline for the essay contest is January 31, 2014.  The theme for this contest is the same as the art contest; however the eligible age category is different.

National Ag Day began in 1973 and is organized by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA). The ACA is a non-profit entity that focuses on increasing the public’s awareness of modern agriculture. Rules for both the art and essay contests can be found at http://www.agday.org/.

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