The Alabama Farm-City poster and essay theme for 2012 is "Grown Safely. Extra Tasty." The National Farm-City Council's 2012 focus is on food safety. As farmers increase production and improve efficiency to meet the growing demand for food, consumers often are bombarded with information questioning the safety of modern agricultural practices.
Our theme of "Grown Safely. Extra Tasty." will give Farm-City committees and students a chance to counter some of the misinformation by showcasing the safety of our food supply and discussing how it impacts the security of our nation. The productivity of American farms allows our country to be independent and for our citizens to enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle because they don't have to worry about the availability or affordability of food.
As with past poster and essay themes, "Grown Safely. Extra Tasty." also gives students a chance to explore the interdependence of farms and cities.
The contest is sponsored by the Farm-City Committee of Alabama, P.O. Box 11000, Montgomery, AL 36191-0001, in cooperation with Alabama Ag in the Classroom and Alabama Farmers Cooperative. More information for teachers and students is available online at www.AlfaFarmers.org, www.AlabamaAITC.org and www.AgEducate.org or by contacting your local Alabama Cooperative Extension System office.
State winners in the poster and essay contests will be featured in the Alabama Farm-City Committee's 2013 Farm-City Calendar.
Eligibility and Rules
Awards in Each Category
- Entry is open to all students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade and must be the original work of the student.
- There are two categories of competition: K - 3 grades and 4 - 6 grades. First and Second Place winners will be named in each category.
- Posters must relate to the theme. The name of the theme must be on the poster.
- Posters must be on display during the month of November in a shopping mall, library, retail business, or other place of public view.
- The size should be horizontal with the length no greater than 28 inches and height no greater than 22 inches. It should be no smaller than 14 inches in length and 11 inches high. Standard thickness poster paper is preferred. (Vertical posters will be judged but NOT considered for the calendar due to format requirements.)
- Any flat medium can be used (such as pen and pencil, crayon, watercolor, ink, or oil). No three-dimensional posters (such as gluing products on to a poster) will be eligible.
- Each student is required to complete an information form and attach it to each poster entry. (Click Here For Information Form)
- All entries will be judged first at the County Farm-City Committee level with the first place winner in each county being submitted to the State Farm-City Committee. One entry per division, per county may be submitted for judging at the state level.
- Criteria for judging include: creativity, originality, neatness, overall appearance and relevance to the theme.
- Deadline for entry at the state level is March 1, 2013. Winners will be notified by mail no later than April 1. Award winners will be announced at the state Farm-City Awards Luncheon in April.
- Entries become the property of the Farm-City Committee of Alabama and may be photographed or reproduced in a calendar or any other publication as the Committee sees fit without further permission or monetary consideration.
|FIRST PLACE: $200 Cash
||Student's Classroom: $200 Cash
|SECOND PLACE: $100 Cash
||Student's Classroom: $100 Cash
For further information, contact your local Farm-City Committee or the State Farm-City Committee at 1(800)392-5705 or 1(334)613-4410. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fax: 1(334)284-3957. Mailing address: Alabama Farmers Federation, Attn: Jeff Helms, P.O. Box 11000, Montgomery, AL 36191.