GROWMARK kicks off its 2021 FFA Essay Contest


Agriculture is a constantly changing industry. Many technologies we use today didn’t exist 50, 25, or even 10 years ago! The GROWMARK Foundation wants to know what the future generation will think of — today! In their annual essay contest scholarship program, the GROWMARK Foundation will once again help FFA members and their chapters accomplish their goals.

For this year’s essay contest, the foundation is asking students to put on their inventor hats. The theme for the 2021 GROWMARK Essay Contest is: “If you could invent a new technology to improve agriculture, what would it be?” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

This is the 28th year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders, to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues affecting agriculture, and understand the unique role of cooperatives.

Students will describe a problem within the agricultural industry, and a creative way to provide a solution. Students are encouraged to be creative with their ideas, whether or not the solution they propose is currently possible.

Essays can be submitted online. The deadline for all submissions is midnight Central Standard Time on November 6, 2020. Additional program details have been sent to agriculture teachers and are online at growmark.com.

Each state’s winner earns a $500 award and the winner’s FFA chapter receives a $300 award. Four runners-up per state each win $125 awards.

The program is offered annually, and many agriculture teachers use it as part of their class curriculum. Past topics have included sustainability, careers in agriculture, and the cooperative principles.

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