Ag in the Classroom Extends Essay Contest Deadline

Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom has extended the 4-5th grade essay contest entry deadline to April 24 due to school closures. This year’s essay contest topic is, “How has Wisconsin agriculture affected your life today?”

Essay submissions must be 100-to-300 words in length and will be judged on content, grammar, spelling and neatness. The essay contest rules, lesson plans and sample classroom activities are located at Essays are now due April 24, 2020 to county essay coordinators. If school doesn’t resume, parents can send their child’s entries directly to the county. As always, home school and individuals can participate in the contest- entries do not have to come in as a classroom. The contest is sponsored by We Energies and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation.

Nine district winners will be selected with one being chosen as the state winner in May by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Promotion and Education Committee. Each district winner will receive a District Winners Award Packet and if possible, an in-school presentation will be given at the State Winner’s school. Last year, more than 2,000 students participated in the contest.

Questions about the book or essay contest can be directed to [email protected]. Ag in the Classroom is designed to help students in kindergarten through high school to understand the importance of agriculture. It is coordinated by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.