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As part of the 2013 celebration marking Indiana’s Agriculture Appreciation Month in March, six Hoosier students were selected for their winning essays in the 3rd Annual Ag Essay Contest titled “Our Food, Our Farmers: Nourishing Generations of Hoosiers.” For the 2013 competition, students in grades 4-12 wrote essays on the following prompt:

  • Describe how Indiana farmers nourish 1) our families, 2) our animals, and 3) our earth (soil). Please provide an example from each of the three areas.

On March 5, all winners will be recognized by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, secretary of agriculture and rural development during an Ag Appreciation Month luncheon reception and special presentation. The ceremony will take place in the Statehouse North Atrium at 11:45 a.m. 

More than 500 students submitted essays from across Indiana. The winning essays were selected from three grade levels: 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. First place winners receive an Apple iPad and second place winners receive Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones.

Click here for 2013 Ag Essay Contest Winners and Essays!

Past Ag Essay Contest Winners:
Click here for 2012 Ag Essay Contest Winners!
Click here for 2011 Ag Essay Contest Winners!

This contest is part of Indiana Humanities’ two-year Spirit of Competition initiative. Spirit of Competition will celebrate the role competition plays in our lives by examining core elements of competition such as civility, rivalry, innovation, passion and failure.


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