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S.D. Ag in the Classroom and S.D. Farm Families host essay contest

MILLER, S.D.-South Dakota Ag in the Classroom (SDAIC) and South Dakota Farm Families are sponsoring an essay contest for all South Dakota third- and fourth-graders and high school seniors in South Dakota.

The themes of the contest revolve around conservation and preservation of natural resources. The topic for the third and fourth grade contest is "how do farmers turn waste into something useful?" and the senior contest topic is "how are farmers actively working to preserve and protect the environment?"

"Protecting the environment is something farmers and ranchers do every day," said Ann Price, SDAIC director. "If they don't protect the natural resources they are given, there won't be any way to grow the crops and animals that feed us."

Winners in the third and fourth grade categories will receive a classroom pizza party and a certificate. The winner of the high school contest will receive $250 cash.

Entries are due April 4, 2015, and winners will be announced on or before April 10.

Entry forms must be included with all entries and can be found at http://www.agclassroom.org/sd or http://www.agunited.org. Third- and fourth-graders should submit their 100-250 word essays and seniors should submit their 500-1,000 word essays to Ag Week Essay Contest, c/o South Dakota Ag in the Classroom, PO Box 402, Miller, SD, 57362 or email them to sdagclassroom@yahoo.com with the subject line "Ag Week Essay Contest."

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Contact Ann Price at sdagclassroom@yahoo.com or 605-853-6040 with questions.

Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating over $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

–S.D. Ag in the Classroom