Goehring announces Agriculture Week essay & poster contests

BISMARCK – Fourth-graders and eighth-graders across the state will soon be busy writing essays, drawing posters and shooting video to explain “Why is Agriculture Important to North Dakota?”

“We want students to tell everyone what North Dakota's most important industry should mean to all of us,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who announced the 2012 National Agriculture Week essay and poster contests Thursday.

The poster contest is open to all North Dakota fourth-grade students. Posters must be hand drawn on 8½ x 11 paper.

The written and video essay contests are for eighth-graders. Written essays should be 200-250 words in length and submitted in hard copy. Video essays should be no longer than five minutes and should be submitted in DVD format.

All entries must be postmarked no later than March 2. All entries become the property of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA); no entries will be returned.

“Entries will be judged on creativity, concept and originality,” Goehring said. “The winners will be announced during National Agriculture Week, March 4-10, 2012.”

Goehring said the winners will each receive $150 from the North Dakota Bankers Association and a digital music player.

The rules for both the essay and poster contests can be found at NDDA's website, www.nd.gov/ndda/program/pride-dakota