Indiana students encouraged to participate in “Agriculture: Food for Life” essay contest

Jan 31, 2019 | Events, News

In celebration of National Ag Day, students in grades 4-6 are encouraged to participate in an essay contest, sponsored by Indiana’s Family of Farmers. The essay, themed Agriculture: Food for Life, challenges students to think critically about the important role agriculture plays in their lives and the lives of those around them.

Winners will receive $200 for first place and $100 for second place, and will be invited to attend a special recognition ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse on March 18.

Under this year’s theme, students can write about a variety of aspects of agriculture. They could focus on the important role agriculture plays in the community, how food is produced or how farmers have adapted to feed a growing world population, to name a few.

2019 Indiana Ag Day Essay Contest Rules and Guidelines:
  • Topic: “Agriculture: Food for Life.”
  • The contest is open to students in 4th – 6th grades.
  • Contestants must be Indiana residents.
  • Essay length – up to 200 words.
  • Contestants must compose an original written essay with limited guidance from adults, teachers or agriculture industry professionals.
  • Each contestant may submit only one essay.
  • Each entry must begin with a title page containing: “Agriculture: Food for Life” Then, it must state the writer’s name, grade level, address and city, state and zip code, phone number, date of birth, number of words, and school name. Do not put the writer’s name on other pages.
  • Essays must be typed in 12-point font, double-spaced.
  • Essays must be written in English.
  • Indiana’s Family of Farmers has the right to publish or otherwise duplicate any essay entered in the contest, along with the author’s name, without payment to the author.
  • The decision of the contest is final and no appeals will be recognized.
  • Failure to adhere to the rules result in disqualification at the discretion of the sponsor.

Essays will be evaluated based on the following criteria: material organization, vocabulary and style, neatness, and grammar, punctuation and spelling.

All entries must be submitted via email to in Word or PDF format by February 28, 2019.