The Alabama Farm City Program is a chance for young writers from all grade levels to write an essay on the theme “Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet.” Winning essays will be posted on the Farm City website and awarded a cash prize. First-place winners and their schools receive $300, while second-place winners take home $200 dollars for both the writer and their school. Students can also participate in the poster contest or multimedia contest.
Essay entries should be 500 – 1,000 words, typed, and double-spaced. Essays will be judged on content, title, mechanics, and organization, and must have the required information form attached.
The poster contest is open to all students in grades K – 6 and must be the original work of the student. Posters must relate to the theme, and they should be on display during the month of November in a shopping mall, library, or retail business.
For the multimedia contest, teens in grades 9 – 12 are challenged to use a video or slide presentation to communicate the Farm City theme. Presentations are limited to five minutes, and may be created in PowerPoint, Keynote, or any video editing software. Entries must be uploaded to YouTube with a link included in the application form.
Deadline for entry at the state level is February 17, 2017. Winners will be notified by mail no later than March 17, 2017. Award winners will be announced at the Farm City Awards Luncheon and Program in Birmingham on April 6, 2017.