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Scholarships available for conservation speech contest

Entries are being accepted for the 2014 South Dakota state finals of the Resource Conservation Speech contest with $2,300 in education scholarships available for the winners.

These higher education scholarships are provided by the East River and Rushmore Electric Power Cooperatives and South Dakota Rural Electric Association. Scholarships are awarded to the top three finalists: first place is $1,100; second place is $750; and third place is $450.

The theme for the 2014 contest is "Why conservation saved us from another dust bowl."

All contestants participate in contests coordinated by local conservation districts. Local winners advance to area contests held in seven locations. The top area speakers compete at the state finals in Pierre on April 5, 2014.

The contest is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA), in cooperation with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of South Dakota, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts.

For more information on the 2014 Resource Conservation Speech Contest, contact your local conservation district or call Cec Johnson, Natural Resource Specialist for SDDA, at 605-773-3623.

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An entry form and complete list of rules can be found online at:

–S.D. Department of Agriculture