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Young and mad about farming? Enter ‘Gen Z Speaks Ag’


Generation Z, it’s your turn to speak up for agriculture. American Agri-Women (AAW) and Bayer Crop Science have teamed up for  the ‘Gen Z Speaks Ag’ advocacy contest, part of AAW’s “AgDay365: Ag Day is Every Day Campaign.”

Young advocates, those between 15 and 23, can enter the contest. The entrants can have an agriculture background or have an interest in related topics, such as food safety, food preparation, sustainability, etc.

‘Gen Z Speaks Ag’ runs through October 10, and includes four contest options: photo, video, special event, or pollinator education. Prizes range from $100-500. The winners will be announced at AAW’s 2017 convention, which is set for November 16-18 in Bloomington, Minnesota, and hosted by Minnesota Agri-Women, an AAW affiliate.

“Young advocates have powerful voices on social media, at their schools, and in their communities. We wanted to challenge — and reward — them for showing their authentic and positive view of agriculture,” says Doris Mold, president of American Agri-Women.

“As we move closer to 2050, feeding a growing planet to ensure an abundant, sustainable food supply will require the next generation of youth ‘AgVocates’ to step up and make their voices heard,” says Jim Blome, president and CEO for North America Crop Science, a division of Bayer. “Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders in Ag, and we need their fresh thinking and passionate efforts to solve the challenge of feeding more than 9 billion people. With this award, we hope to recognize those bright young minds looking to make an impact in the industry.”

The contest, sponsored by AAW and Bayer, builds on an advocacy event AAW hosted in Washington, D.C., on National Ag Day for students from FFA, 4-H, and Agriculture Future of America.


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