Students invited to enter GFB essay contest
Polk County Farm Bureau invites 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School Essay Contest.
The topic for 2016 is: In a persuasive essay, show how modern agriculture has adopted the use of technology to sustain and improve resources while increasing food supplies. The winners of the Polk County Farm Bureau Essay Contest will receive $ 50 1st place and $25 for 2nd and 3rd place.
“It is predicted that our world population will reach 10 billion in 2050,” said James Casey, Polk County Farm Bureau president. “As our world population continues to grow, the challenge for ensuring an adequate food supply while preserving our resources.
The purpose of this year’s Farm Bureau Essay Contest is to encourage students to explore and study how agriculture strives to meet increasing food demands through technology and other modern agriculture practices.
“Many people are unaware of how we as farmers are dedicated to continue to feed, clothe and fuel the world in a way that is healthy for the consumer and safe for the environment. We depend on the years of research done by our scientists and others in achieving this goal.”
To enter the contest, students should contact the Polk County Farm Bureau for an official title sheet and contest rules. All entries must be received at the Polk County Farm Bureau office by Feb. 19, 2016.
“This contest is a wonderful way for teachers and home school parents to encourage their students to learn more about agriculture, while meeting curriculum objectives,” said Joan Mitchell, Polk County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee chairman.
“The topic encourages students to see how modern agriculture is meeting our increasing food needs.”
The Polk County Farm Bureau Essay Contest winner will be entered in the Georgia Farm Bureau 3rd District competition. The district winner will receive a cash prize of $100. The ten GFB dis- trict winners will compete for the state prize of $150 cash.
Previous state winners are not eligible.
This contest is sponsored by Georgia Farm Bureau and coordinated by the Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. For more information, contact the Polk County Farm Bureau office at 770- 748- 5641. You may also download more information about the contest by visiting http://www.gfb. org/ programs/ aic. All essay entries must be officially submitted by the Polk County Farm Bureau to the Georgia Farm Bureau home office.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization.
Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their nonfarming neighbors. GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.
James Casey, Zippy Duvall