Stu­dents in­vited to en­ter GFB es­say con­test

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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

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