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2022 National Ag Day Essay Contest Winners announced


Every year on National Ag Day, we take time to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Even though National Ag Day isn’t until March 22, celebrations started early with an essay and video contest. The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) announced the 2022 National Ag Day video and written essay winners.

The winners were chosen based on the theme: American Agriculture: Growing a Climate for Tomorrow. Entrants were able to chose from either writing an essay or creating a video.  

“CHS has long supported rural youth education and leadership programs and we are proud to give this year’s essay contest winners a platform that lets them share their ideas with a broader audience,” says Annette Degnan, CHS Inc., director, Marketing Communications, and Agriculture Council of America board member.

The national written essay winner, Haden Coleman of Trinity, Texas, receives a $1,000 prize and will read his winning essay at the virtual Ag Day event on March 22, 2022. The contest also named two merit winners who receive $100 and blog posts featuring their essays. They are Rebekah Vague of Ellsworth, Kansas, and Makenna Stundebeck of Salisbury, Missouri. 

In his essay, Coleman wrote, “I am hoping to be one of those individuals who can make a difference in the industry and make a difference in the health and well being of the people around me.”

In addition to the essay, there is a video contest as well. This year’s video essay winner, Kenna Mullins of Oxford, Pennsylvania, wins a $1,000 prize. That video can be found below, or on the Ag Day website along with the written essay winners. 

On March 22, 2022, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America will join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

Founded in 1973, National Ag Day encourages every American to understand how food and fiber products are produced; appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products; value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy and acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.

Learn more and register for events on the Ag Day website.

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