Essay Contest

“Wisconsin Agriculture is Fruit-Full”

Due Date: April 15, 2024

Contest Overview

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation - Ag in the Classroom Essay Contest is an opportunity for fourth and fifth grade students to explore Wisconsin history, geography, and economics through the lens of Wisconsin Agriculture. An annual essay prompt challenges students to research and write an informative essay. The contest supports Wisconsin academic standards including English Language Arts and Social Studies. Top essays are recognized at the county, district, and state levels.  The generous support of sponsors and volunteers make this learning opportunity possible each year.

The essay contest gleans the annual theme from the 2024 Wisconsin Agriculture in the Classroom Book of the Year, I Love Strawberries!, by Shannon Anderson.

This year’s essay contest focuses on our state’s sweetest agriculture industry - fruit!  Wisconsin is the number one producer of cranberries and is a leader in the production of cherries, apples, and strawberries. Our state’s history, communities and economy have been brought to fruit-ion through agriculture endeavors.

Learn more about the contest, resources, and additional lesson ideas through this quick Google Slides document.  Please contact Beth Schaefer, Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Coordinator at [email protected], with any questions.

View the Contest Essay Guide for the full contest details, support materials including lessons, videos, and resources for the 2024 Wisconsin Agriculture in the Classroom Essay Contest!

Thank you to our sponsors for providing support for the 2024 Essay Contest!

Thank you to our sponsors for providing support for the 2023 Essay Contest!

NEW! Flex Farm Giveaway! 

Each qualifying student essay entry received from public or private schools in Wisconsin will count as one entry for the giveaway drawing that will be held the week of May 20, 2024. One Flex Farm will be given away courtesy of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation, Fork Farms and Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom.

Click HERE For full contest details and rules.

An additional opportunity to win the Flex Farm is being given to educators who participate in “Fruit Fest” at Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center. The event for educators is being held on February 19, and offers educators the opportunity to learn more about hydroponic plant production and agriculture as a context for teaching core subjects including science, social studies, and English Language Arts. Event information and details are found at