2002 FARM-CITY POSTER AND ESSAY CONTEST ANNOUNCED
"MONTGOMERY, Ala." Cash awards and savings bonds will be awarded by the Alabama Farm-City Committee to winners of a statewide poster and essay contest available for Alabama elementary and secondary students.
The purpose of the poster and essay contest is to make students more aware of the importance of agriculture in their daily lives, said J. Paul Till, chairman of the Alabama Farm-City Committee. The committee, made up of representatives from agriculture and business, was formed more than 20 years ago to promote better understanding and to improve relationships between the rural and urban segments of society, said Till, director of public relations for Alabama Farmers Federation.
The poster contest has two categories, K-3 grades and 4-6 grades. The essay contest is open to students in two divisions, grades 7-9 and 10-12. The theme for both poster and essay contests is "Focus on Family Farms." Prizes at the state level range from a $100 savings bond up to a $500 savings bond for students plus up to $250 for the winning student's classroom. Some of the poster entries will be used in a full-color wall calendar which will be distributed across Alabama, Till said.
Contestants must win at the county level prior to Farm-City Week, Nov. 22-28, before entering the state competition. For rules and more details on how to enter, teachers or parents may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-392-5705, ext. 4410, or go to www.alfafarmers.org and click on "Farm-City" under shortcuts.