Essay Contest

Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom offers an annual essay contest for fourth and fifth-grade students. Each year the topic has specific lesson plans, activities and other resources that teachers, volunteers and homeschool parents can use to teach about Wisconsin agriculture.
The essay contest has closed for this year and judging has begun. Watch for our list of county, district and state winners in late May.

2020-2021 Essay Contest

The 2020-2021 Wisconsin Essay Contest topic is “How have Wisconsin soybean farmers fueled Wisconsin’s economy?” The topic is based off of the Book of the Year "Full of Beans- Henry Ford Grows a Car," written by Peggy Thomas. The contest is for Wisconsin fourth- and fifth-grade students and entries are due April 1, 2021.

The documents below include the teacher’s handbook, volunteer handbook, lessons and activities and the contest information sheet.

A series of YouTube videos are available on the Wisconsin AITC channel and are grouped in an Essay and Book Playlist.

Essay submissions must be 100-to-300 words in length and will be judged on content, grammar, spelling and neatness. The contest is sponsored by Wisconsin Soybean Association, We Energies, Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation.