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: The Importance of Georgia's Specialty Crops

Georgia’s specialty crops include a wide range of fruits and vegetables with a Farm Gate Value of approximately $1.5 billion. The industry is growing through commercial production as well as local and regional farm markets. Georgia’s top specialty crops are blueberries, pecans, peaches, onions, watermelon, bell peppers, sweet corn, cabbage and cucumbers.

From all of the entries in the contest, ten finalists will be chosen (one from each of Georgia Farm Bureau's ten districts across the state). Each of these finalists will receive a cash prize. From those finalists, one will be selected as the state winner. They will receive an additional cash prize.

A Teacher Packet for this year's contest can be found here. This packet contains more information on the essay contest itself, how the contest matches to Georgia Standards for Excellence, a student survey, and more.

If you would like to enter our essay contest, please submit this entry form to your county Farm Bureau office.

To learn how this essay contest matches up with Georgia Language Arts standards for students in grades six through eight, click here.