What would happen if there were no farmers or ranchers?” That’s the question Georgia Farm Bureau is asking middle school students to answer in its annual essay contest.
The Coffee County Farm Bureau encourages 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to enter the 2019 Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School Essay Contest. The contest is open to students attending public or private schools and homeschooled children. Students may enter in the county in which they live or attend school but not both.
The first place winner of the Coffee County Farm Bureau Essay Contest will receive $100, the second place winner will receive $75 and the third place winner will receive $50.
“Farmers and ranchers grow the food we eat, cotton and wool to clothe us, and timber for our houses. But did you know agricultural commodities are also used to make books, cosmetics, medicine, sports equipment and many other products?” said Derek Pridgen, Coffee County Farm Bureau president. “By participating in the annual Farm Bureau Middle School Essay Contest, we hope students will learn about the many contributions farmers make to their daily lives.”
To enter the contest, students should contact the Coffee County Farm Bureau for an entry form and contest rules or visit www.gfb.ag/essaycontest .
All entries must be received at the Coffee County Farm Bureau office by Wednesday, February 20, 2019. All essay entries must be officially submitted by the Coffee County Farm Bureau to the Georgia Farm Bureau home office.
The first place winner of the Coffee County Farm Bureau Essay Contest will be entered in the Georgia Farm Bureau Tenth District 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.
Essays will be judged on how well the essay topic is addressed, adherence to standard English grammar rules, and use of primary and secondary sources for research pertaining to essay topic referenced in the essay.
Teachers can access lesson plans for 6th through 8th grade students that accompanies this essay question at www.gfb.ag/19essaylessonplan .
This contest is sponsored by Georgia Farm Bureau and coordinated by the Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. For more information, contact the Coffee County Farm Bureau office at 912-384-4412.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its volunteer members participate in local, state and national activities to promote agriculture to their non-farming neighbors. GFB offers its members a wide variety of benefits, including insurance, but enrollment in any of the member benefits is optional and not a requirement for membership.