Farmers who are willing to share their story could win an expense-paid trip for two to Hawaii in 2013.
The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association and Hawaii Farm Bureau are sponsoring a contest to encourage farmers across the country to share their personal stories about the impact of biotechnology on their agricultural viability.
Stories should be 1,000 words or less and must be submitted by Nov. 30. Suggested areas to highlight include reduced pesticide use, increased yield, enhanced environmental stewardship and improved economic sustainability. Farmers are also requested to include a short description of their farm.
All submitted stories will be published in a "Views from the Farm" booklet to help educate the public about the important role of biotechnology as a tool to help farmers remain viable. Farmers who submit the Top 5 most compelling stories will each receive a one-week, all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii (valued at $5,000 per farmer). Farmers will be asked to travel to Hawaii in late February 2013 and spend some time in the islands sharing their stories with business leaders, lawmakers and the media.
Farmers can submit entries online at www.hciaonline.com/why-biotech/farmers/. Stories should be uploaded as either a Word document of PDF. A headshot or other photo of the farmer is also requested. Stories will be judged on the degree to which the farmer addresses the suggested biotech discussion areas and their impact on the viability of their operation, the uniqueness of the story being shared and the ability of the story to educate non-farmers about the important role of biotechnology. All stories will be checked for factual information.
For more information, contact Hawaii Crop Improvement Association Executive Director Alicia Maluafiti at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (808) 224-3648.