National Ag Day written, video essay winners named
The 2012 National Ag Day written essay and video essay contest winners were Miriam Martin and Diane Gress, respectively as announced by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA).
ACA called upon ninth- to 12th-grade students nationwide to submit an original written essay of 450 words or an original, two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture in the U.S.
Using this year's theme, "American Agriculture: Feeding the Future, Filling the Gaps." students addressed how the agriculture industry continues to feed a growing population while acknowledging the many ways today's farmers continue to provide a safe, stable food supply and sustain the significant role agriculture plays in everyday life.
The ACA honored Martin, an 11th-grader at Meadville R-IV High School, Meadville, MO, and Gress, an 11th-grader at Triway High School, Shreve, Ohio, at the 2012 Ag Day event held at the USDA Whitten Building Patio.