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Student essay contest for agriculture

The Working Lands Alliance, a project of American Farmland Trust, is accepting entries for the first FFA/Agriscience/4-H Student Essay Contest.

Students must write a 750 word essay to answer the question, “If we, as a State, want to increase everyone’s consumption of Connecticut-grown food and farm products from current levels of less than 2 percent to 10 percent, what role could farmland protection play and what role could agriscience schools and/or the University of Connecticut 4-H play in meeting that goal?”

A total of $1,000 ($500 for first place, $300 for second and $200 for third place) will be awarded.

Four student essays will also be selected for honorable mention.

In addition to the cash prizes, the three prize-winning students, and those selected for honorable mention, will join Gov. Malloy and Commissioner of Agriculture Steven Reviczky for dinner using Connecticut-grown foods.

The contest is open to all high school agriscience students, high school-level Future Farmers of America members and 4-H members in high school.

Deadline for entries is April 25.

Winners will be announced in mid-May.

Entries should be sent in pdf format by email to Lisa Bassani, Working Lands Alliance Project Director, at:

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