Successful Ag Day Includes Honoring of Student Essay Winners

March 12, 2012

One of the many highlights from the annual National Ag Day program is student involvement, and the announcement of the essay contest winners demonstrates the insight and involvement coming from youth involved with agriculture.Miriam Martin composed the winning written essay, and she concludes her piece with these lines:“My plea is that America cares enough about the fact that someone dies every 2.43 seconds of starvation, to do something about it.This will take the determination to prepare, courage to be proactive and conviction to persevere.I believe American agriculture has the power to feed the future and fill the gaps.” Martin (pictured at left with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack) attends Meadville R-IV High School in Bucklin, Missouri.

Another high school student, Diane Gress of Shrive, Ohio, took top honors with her video essay. She uses clever drawing techniques and an effective narration to communicate this year’s theme, “American Agriculture: Feeding the Future, Filling the Gaps.”

Readers can access Martin’s essay, including an audio reading, and Gress’s video clip at this site.The page also offers a photo album of Ag Day events.

National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America and is sponsored by CHS Inc., the Council for Agricultural Science & Technology, Farm Progress Companies, the High Plains Journal, the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Country Living Association, and McCormick Company.  (photo from