Winners of 2021 National Ag Day essay contest are announced


The Agriculture Council of America has announced the 2021 National Ag Day video and written essay winners. The winners were chosen based on the theme: How American Agriculture Brings Food to the Table. The theme presented an opportunity for high school students to address how agriculture brings everyone together by feeding a growing population. Entrants chose to either write an essay or create a video. A first-place written winner and a video winner were selected.

The national written essay winner, Jaxon Rauber of High Point, North Carolina, receives a $1,000 prize and will read his winning essay at the virtual Ag Day event on March 23, 2021. His essay, titled American Agriculture: Food Brings Everyone to the Table, states in part: “While the world of agriculture is in a state of exciting technological advances that strive to meet the needs of our growing population, it is important that we not forget the vital roots of its existence.”

The contest also named two merit winners who receive $100 and blog posts featuring their essays. They are Codi LaBorde of Milliken, Colorado, and Aubrey Surage of Monument, Colorado.

This year’s video essay winner, Keerthi Nalabotu of Pleasanton, California, wins a $1,000 prize. Her video, which explores the food chain, is below:

The Ag Day Essay Contest is sponsored by CHS Inc., the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, and Farm Progress. AGDAILY is a sponsor of National Ag Day.

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.

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