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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.workinglandsalliance.org.