The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is calling on seventh- to 12th-grade students to submit an original essay of 450 words about the importance of agriculture. This year's theme is "Agriculture — Every Day in Every Way," and the deadline is Feb. 9.

The theme highlights the importance of agriculture in everyone's lives. From the clothes you wear to the food you eat, agriculture is a part of every day for everyone. Though row crops and livestock are still very much a part of the foundation of the industry, agriculture today has multiple touch points in our daily lives and offers many career opportunities. This is the 36th anniversary of National Ag Day.

This year's national winner will receive a $1,000 prize and round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., to be recognized during the March 12 “Celebration of Ag Dinner” held at the Whitten Patio. At the dinner, the winner will have the opportunity to join with industry representatives, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, media and other friends in a celebration of agriculture. Statewide winners of the contest also will be selected. Each state winner will receive a $100 prize.

All 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 e-mail to: essay@agday.org

Contest entry applications and official rules are available at: www.hpj.com/agdayessay

Source: Agriculture Council of America