Newton County, Ga. - The Newton County Farm Bureau encourages 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School Essay Contest. Students should address the topic "How has agriculture changed in the last 75 years?" The winner of the Newton County Farm Bureau Essay Contest will receive $50.00.
"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 Brent Galloway, Newton 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 Newton County Farm Bureau for an official title sheet and contest rules. All entries must be received at the Newton County Farm Bureau office by Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.
"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 Sandi Mitcham, Newton County Farm Bureau Women's Committee chairman.
The Newton County Farm Bureau Essay Contest winner will be entered in the Georgia Farm Bureau district three competition. The district winner will receive a cash prize of $100. The ten GFB district winners will compete for the state prize of $150 cash. 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 more information, contact the Newton County Farm Bureau office at 770.786.7201. You may also download more information about the contest by visiting http://www.gfb.org and selecting GFB Programs and then selecting Ag in the Classroom. All essay entries must be officially submitted by the Newton County 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.