December 14, 2018 / Uncategorized / Jamie Tiralla

2019 Official Topic

“Agriculture: Food for Life. How Does Our Nation Lead the Way?”
​Sponsored by: CHS Inc., Farm Progress & the National Association of Farm Broadcasting

Entry Deadline: January 31, 2019

Prizes:

  • National Video Essay Winner – $1,000
  • National Written Essay Winner – $1,000 and trip to Washington, D.C., to be recognized at the National Press Club Event on March 14, 2019.

About the Contest

Students across the country are invited to enter the National Ag Day essay and video contest, sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life. How Does Our Nation Lead the Way?” The ACA encourages students to describe how agriculture impacts their daily life and how it will feed the world with the growing population.

We encourage all entrants to support their position with facts. As you prepare your entry, consider how you might draw on, or examine, some of the following trends:

  • Global population is projected to reach 9 billion people by 2050
  • Increasing global consumer interest in how food is produced and processed
  • Popularity and growth of high protein diets featuring plant-based protein
  • Health and fitness driving consumer food buying habits
  • Influence of technology and biotechnology on food production, such as precision agriculture, drones and GMOs (genetically-modified organisms)
  • There’s a shortfall of students entering agriculture, versus the number of job openings.
  • In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that more than 20,000 agriculture jobs are left unfilled annually.

  • Each American farmer feeds more than 165 people; a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s.
  • Average age of today’s farmer is 58 years old, who will take over?

U.S. farmers are among the most productive in the world. They proudly raise crops and livestock because they want to help feed hungry people. You can show your support for them, and all of agriculture, by submitting your entry by January 31, 2019. Visit agday.org for official contest rules.