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Ag in the Classroom Announces Essay Topic, Book of Year
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/21/2020

'How have Wisconsin soybean farmers fueled Wisconsin's economy?' is the topic of this year's essay contest from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom program. Coordinators say essay submissions must be between 100 to 300 words in length and will be judged on content, grammar, spelling and neatness.

A state winner will be selected from nine district winners next spring by the WFBF's Promotion and Education Committee, with each winning student receiving a classroom presentation in May for their homeroom or class. Last year, more than 1,500 students participated in the contest. Essays are due April 1, 2021.

Meanwhile, the program has also selected 'Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car,' written by Peggy Thomas, as the book of the year. It's a farm-themed book that teaches children about ways soybeans are used to make biofuels.

"There is so much behind the Henry Ford story and his connection to agriculture," said Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Darlene Arneson. "The book looks at how Henry Ford grew up on a farm and searched for ways to use soybeans in the car plant, in his diet and in other ways. The essay contest focuses on how soybeans continue to be used and how they impact Wisconsin's economy."

Ag in the Classroom is designed to help students in kindergarten through high school to understand the importance of agriculture.

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