Dec. 21, 2015 10:12 PM

January 29 is the deadline for students to submit written essay or video on 2016 theme

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) calls on ninth- to 12th-grade students to submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet” and the deadline is January 29, 2016. The ACA asks teachers and parents to encourage their students and children to participate.

The theme, “Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet,” presents an opportunity for students to address how the individuals involved in agriculture have a duty to protect the planet and its people through what they produce. Entrants may choose to either write an essay or create a video focusing on how today’s growers are overcoming challenges to provide a safe food supply to uphold our planet’s health.

“CHS is proud to support rural youth and showcase their ideas,” says Annette Degnan, marketing communications director, CHS Inc., one of this year’s essay contest sponsors. “The essay and video contests are engaging ways to share the perspectives and career goals of these young people with a larger audience.”

The national written essay winner receives a $1,000 prize and round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., for recognition during the Celebration of Ag Dinner held March 15, 2016. During dinner, the winner will have the opportunity to read the winning essay and join with industry representatives, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, media and other friends in a festive ag celebration. The video essay winner wins a $1,000 prize, and the winning video will play during the Celebration of Ag Dinner.

This is the 43rd anniversary of National Ag Day. The goal of the ACA is to provide a spotlight on agriculture and the food and fiber industry. The ACA not only helps consumers understand how food and fiber products are produced, but also brings people together to celebrate accomplishments in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

The Ag Day Essay Contest is sponsored by CHS Inc., National Association of Farm Broadcasting, National Agri-Marketing Association and Penton Agriculture.

All written entries should be sent to: 2016 Ag Day Essay Contest, Agriculture Council of America, 11020 King Street, Suite 205, Overland Park, KS 66210, or submitted by email to Students may upload video essays at and follow the directions on the page, or students may choose to mail video entries on a compact disc to the address above. Visit to read official contest rules and for more details regarding entry applications.