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Deadline approaching for statewide essay contest to win field trip

• Feb 15, 2018 at 8:00 AM

COLUMBUS — Third-grade students across Ohio can now enter the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s (OLC) For Your InFARMation essay contest by answering the question, “How do Ohio farmers make sure we have good, safe food to eat?”

The winning student’s essay will earn an all-expenses-paid field trip for his/her entire class to an Ohio livestock farm – but all essays must be submitted by March 9.

The essay contest is the capstone to the For Your InFARMation program, which offers Ohio teachers free educational materials designed to teach third-graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the state’s largest industry – agriculture.

To participate, Ohio third-grade teachers and students are encouraged to visit www.ForYourInFARMation.com to obtain the essay guidelines and form. All essays are due March 9 and winners will be notified by April 6. The teacher of the winning essay also will receive a $250 gift card for classroom supplies.

“It’s important for young students to learn about agriculture in a fun, interactive way, so they develop a solid understanding of where their food comes from and the significance of safe, healthy and locally-grown food,” said Jenny Hubble, OLC representative. “Even though one in three jobs in Ohio relate to farming and agriculture, many students are unaware of the role Ohio farmers have in feeding our communities. The For Your InFARMation program helps to fill that gap.”

OLC is a not-for-profit organization representing collective interests of Ohio’s livestock sector and affiliated stakeholders.

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