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Ag Day Essay Contest

Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is delighted to announce the 2019 Ag Day Essay Contest to describe how agriculture impacts their daily life and how it will feed the world with the growing population. The contest is open to international students in grades 9 through 12 in the 2018-2019 school year.

This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life. How Does Our Nation Lead the Way?” The 2019 Ag Day Essay Contest is divided into two categories of competition: written essay and video essay. 

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • The contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 in the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Contestants must be a U.S. citizen and attending school in the U.S. Contestants must meet all requirements to compete. 

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To apply, the applicants must download the application form and submit in Word or PDF format through the following ways:

  • Mail: 2019 Ag Day Essay Contest, Agriculture Council of America, 11020 King Street, Suite 205, Overland Park, KS 66210
  • Email:

Note: If using to upload a video essay, also submit an accompanying application form via


  • Contestants are eligible for only one written essay entry during any given year.
  • Contestants are eligible for only one video essay entry during any given year.
  • They encourage all entrants to support their position with facts.
  • The 2019 Ag Day Essay Contest is divided into two categories of competition: written essay and video essay. Both are national competitions.
  • Contestants must compose an original written essay and/or video essay with limited guidance from adults, teachers or agricultural industry professionals. Interviews with industry professionals are acceptable research; input beyond research is unacceptable.
  • Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will have the right to publish or otherwise duplicate any essay entered in the contest, along with the author’s name, without payment to the author.
  • Written Essay Contest Rules:
    • Each entry must begin with a title page containing: official topic, “Agriculture: Food for Life. How Does Our Nation Lead the Way?”, a number of words, the writer’s name, address, phone number, date of birth, school name and grade.
    • Essays may be handwritten or typed, double-spaced. 
    • Essays must contain 450 words or less. This does not include the bibliography, footnotes identifying non-original material or title and author information.
    • Each page of the essay must be numbered, starting with the first page of the essay, not the title page. The numbers must be centered at the bottom of each page.
    • Any quotation or copyrighted materials used in the essay must be properly identified using a bibliography and footnotes or proper citation. Failure to identify non-original material will result in disqualification. 
    • No reference can be made in the essay that will identify the contestant beyond the listing of the name on the title page. The author is allowed to reference a state’s name within the essay. 
    • The essay must be written in English.
    • The entry must be stapled together in the upper left-hand corner with the title page on top.
  • Video Essay Contest Rules:
  • Video must address the official topic “Agriculture: Food for Life. How Does Our Nation Lead the Way?”
  • The file format of all uploaded videos must be MP4. The maximum length of the video is two (2) minutes.
  • Each entry must be in English.
  • All video essays must be accompanied by an entry form. If the video is uploaded at submit an accompanying entry form to in Word or PDF format.
  • If the video is burned to a DVD or CD and mailed to the address above, please include an accompanying entry form within the package.
  • submit an entry via mail or upload site – not both. Entry forms are available to download here.
  • Entries must not, in the sole and unfettered judgment of the Chair, contain any sexually explicit, disparaging, libelous or other inappropriate content, language or nudity. 
  • Entries must not contain any act that is considered dangerous, in the sole and unfettered judgment of the Chair. 
  • Entries must not violate any copyrights or trademarks, including music used in the video. Applicant must have consent and credit the music or it must be the applicant’s original music.
  • Failure to adhere to the rules may result in disqualification at the discretion of the Chair.


  • National Video Essay Winner – $1,000
  • National Written Essay Winner – $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to be recognized at the National Press Club Event on March 14, 2019.

Application Deadline:

All entries must be received at the Agriculture Council of America office by midnight CST, January 31, 2021.

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