Archive for December, 2010

2009 Farm City Award Winners

Posted on December 15, 2010. Filed under: Farm-City Week, General Information |

Each year the SCAC sponsors awards to recognize farm-city week activities. Counties are asked to submit applications and scrapbooks detailing their activities. A three person panel evaluates the submissions and selects winners in three categories: Best Youth Event, Best Individual Event, and Best Overall County.

In addition the National Farm City Council recognizes two outstanding nominees from the state with a national certificate. The Ag Council recognizes additional participates for their notable accomplishments with state certificates.

Farm-City award recipients are recognized for:

  • Program activities that support the mission of Farm-City
  • Program leadership that tells the story of agriculture to the urban public
  • Active communications in telling the story of rural-urban interdependence in our food and fiber system
  • Program efforts that bring rural and urban people closer together and foster a greater understanding among them.

Best Youth Event

  • Beaufort County Farm City Week Committee

Best Individual Event

  • Cherokee County Farm City Week Committee

Best Overall County

  • Lexington County Farm City Week Committee

National Recognition Awards

  • Lexington County Farm City Week Committee
  • Saluda County Farm City Week Committee

State Recognition Awards

  • Beaufort County Farm City Week Committee
  • Cherokee County Farm City Week Committee
  • Hampton County Farm City Week Committee
  • Lee County Farm City Week Committee
  • Richland County Farm City Week Committee
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National Ag Day Essay Contest

Posted on December 14, 2010. Filed under: General Information |

National Ag Day Essay Contest Announces February 4 Deadline Students may submit written essay and/or video on 2011 theme:  “American Agriculture: Your Food. Your Farmer.”

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) calls on ninth- to 12th-grade students to submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture. This year’s theme is “American Agriculture: Your Food. Your Farmer.” and the deadline is Feb. 4, 2011. The ACA asks teachers and parents to encourage student participation.

The theme – “American Agriculture: Your Food. Your Farmer.” – presents an opportunity for students to address how the agriculture industry continues to feed a growing population. Entrants may choose to either write an essay and/or create a video that acknowledges the many ways today’s growers are providing a safe, stable food supply and sustaining the significant role agriculture plays in everyday life.

“CHS believes in the mission of Ag Day,” says Linda Tank, vice president, marketing and communications, CHS Inc. “The company is proud to help support the 2011 essay and video contest for students. Today’s youth are vibrant and resourceful. We want to recognize their ability to help communicate agriculture’s ever-important role in keeping our nation’s food, fiber and energy systems strong. We truly look forward to reviewing the written and video essays that students develop around the theme, “American Agriculture: Your Food. Your Farmer.”

The national written essay winner receives a $1,000 prize and round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., for recognition during the Celebration of Ag Dinner held March 15 at Whitten Patio at the USDA. During dinner, the winner will have the opportunity to read the winning essay as well as join with industry representatives, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, media and other friends in a festive ag celebration. The video essay winner wins a $1,000 prize, and the winning video will play during the Celebration of Ag Dinner.

This is the 38th anniversary of National Ag Day. The goal of the ACA is to provide a spotlight on agriculture and the food and fiber industry. The ACA not only helps consumers understand how food and fiber products are produced, but also brings people together to celebrate accomplishments in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

The Ag Day Essay Contest is sponsored by CHS Inc., The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal, National Association of Farm Broadcasting, National Agri-Marketing Association, Country Living Association and McCormick Company.

All written entries should be sent to: Ag Day Essay Contest, Agriculture Council of America, 11020 King Street, Suite 205, Overland Park, KS 66210, or submitted by email to . Students may upload video essays at and follow the directions on the page, or students may choose to mail video entries to the address above on a compact disc. Visit or to read official contest rules and for more details regarding entry applications.

You can also download the Entry Application and Rules here in an Adobe .PDF format.

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