For the essay contest, students should address the topic “How has agriculture changed in the last 75 years?” The winner of the Walker County Farm Bureau Essay Contest will receive $50.
“Many children don’t understand how their food is grown. The purpose of the Farm Bureau Essay Contest is to encourage students to study Georgia agriculture and learn how their food is produced and the contributions the industry makes to our lives every day,” said Mike Bunn, Walker County Farm Bureau president. “Many people have an antiquated idea of what farming is like. Farmers, just like any business owner, must manage our employees, manage our finances and manage our farms, which means taking the best possible care of our livestock and protecting the soil and water on our farms so our crops will grow. With this topic, the students can learn how today’s modern agriculture compares with how we farmed 75 years ago.”
To enter the contest, students should contact the Walker County Farm Bureau for an official title sheet and contest rules. All entries must be received at the Walker Farm Bureau office by Jan. 24.
“This contest is a wonderful way for teachers and home school parents to encourage their students to learn more about Georgia agriculture, while meeting English and social studies curriculum objectives,” said Louise Smith, Walker County Farm Bureau-Women’s Committee chairman.
The Walker County Farm Bureau Essay Contest winner will be entered in the Georgia Farm Bureau 1st District competition. The district winner will receive a cash prize of $100. The 10 GFB district winners will compete for a state prize of $150. Previous state winners are not eligible.
This contest is sponsored by Georgia Farm Bureau and coordinated by the Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.
For the art contest, the artwork should be drawn in black ink or dark, soft lead pencil on an 8-1/2 x 11-inch piece of white paper. The artwork should be camera-ready. The winner of the Walker County Farm Bureau Art Contest will receive a check for $50.
“Agriculture contributes more than $65 billion annually to Georgia’s $786.5 billion economic output,” Bunn said. “The purpose of the Farm Bureau Art Contest is to encourage students to increase their knowledge of Georgia agriculture and the contributions the industry makes to our lives every day.”
Drawings will be judged on how well the artwork represents modern agriculture found in Walker or Georgia’s agriculture industry and on artistic merit.
To enter the contest, students should contact the Walker County Farm Bureau for an official entry form and contest rules. All entries must be received at the Walker Farm Bureau office by Jan. 24.
The Walker County Farm Bureau Art Contest winner will be entered in the Georgia Farm Bureau 1st District competition. The district winner will receive a cash prize of $100. The 10 GFB district winners will compete for the state prize of $250 cash. Two runners-up will each receive $150 cash. Previous state winners are not eligible.
Students must be willing to allow Georgia Farm Bureau to reprint copies of their drawings. The winning artwork becomes the property of Georgia Farm Bureau and will be printed in a calendar that is distributed by Georgia Farm Bureau to promote agriculture.
Georgia Farm Bureau and SunTrust Bank of Middle Georgia sponsor the contest. The Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee coordinates it. For more information about either contest, contact the Walker County Farm Bureau office at 706-638-3237.
You may also download more information about both contests by visiting gfb.org and selecting “GFB Programs” and then selecting “Ag in the Classroom.” All entries must be officially submitted by the Walker Farm Bureau to the Georgia Farm Bureau home office.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.