Are you a middle school student in Georgia? Do you want a chance to be rewarded for your writing skills? If so, this contest is an opportunity for you to use both your writing skills and your knowledge or research of agriculture.

The purpose of this essay contest is to encourage students to increase their level of agricultural literacy through research and through presentations by county Farm Bureau volunteers. The contest is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Georgia. The writing and research activity can be matched to state standards in language arts as well as other areas.

The topic for this year's contest is: What would happen if there were no farmers or ranchers

Many people have the misconception that farms simply provide us with raw produce and other foods. In reality, agriculture also provides us with a wide variety of raw materials from which we are able to make clothes, books, cosmetics, medicines, sports equipment, and much more.

To view the lesson plan that accompanies this essay question visit: https://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/lessonplan.cfm?lpid=489&grade=6,7,8&content=CAREER.

Download this entry form to enter the 2019 Middle School Essay Contest.

One winner will be selected in each of Georgia Farm Bureau’s ten districts. Each district winner will receive a cash prize of $100. The state winner will be selected from these ten district winners. They will receive an additional cash prize of $150


Contact your county Farm Bureau for county entry deadline and more details. You can also find information on the GFB Foundation for Agriculture website: http://www.gfbfoundation.org/aitc.html.

The state deadline is March 8, 2019.


For more information about the contest, including Contest Guidelines and Judging Criteria, please download the 2019 Middle School Essay Contest flyer.