SD Ag in the Classroom, SD Farm Families, SD Value Added Ag Host Essay Contest

Posted: 2/9/2016



MILLER, S.D.-South Dakota Ag in the Classroom (SDAITC), South Dakota Farm Families and the South Dakota Value Added Ag Development Center are sponsoring an essay contest for all South Dakota third- and fourth-graders and high school seniors in South Dakota.


The themes of the contest revolve around agricultural products that are grown, produced and processed in South Dakota. The topic for the third and fourth grade contest is “My favorite South Dakota grown product” and the senior contest topic is “If I could develop one new South Dakota ag product, it would be…” 


“Agriculture is the number one industry in South Dakota,” said Ann Price, SDAITC executive director. “There is no way to live an ‘ag-less’ day. Everything we do revolves around agriculture and it’s important to realize the impact ag has in South Dakota. This contest is designed to help students recognize that connection.”

Winners in the third and fourth grade categories will receive a classroom pizza party and a certificate. The winner of the high school contest will receive $250 cash.


Entries are due March 11, 2016, and winners will be announced beginning March 14.

Entry forms must be included with all entries and can be found at or Third- and fourth-graders should submit their 100-250 word essays and seniors should submit their 500-1,000 word essays to Ag Week Essay Contest, c/o South Dakota Ag in the Classroom, PO Box 402, Miller, SD, 57362 or email them to with the subject line “Ag Week Essay Contest.” Contact Ann Price at or 605-853-6040 with questions.


Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating over $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Ag United was developed through a collaboration of farm organizations that support livestock production and development and includes the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, South Dakota Dairy Producers, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Pork Producers Council, South Dakota Poultry Industries Association and the South Dakota Soybean Association. 







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