For more than 63,000 FFA members across the country, the National FFA Convention & Expo is the event of the year. Why? This four-day event is full of opportunities for students to celebrate their agricultural achievements and advance their potential through hands-on workshops and career development sessions.
This year we’re excited to again support FFA members attending the convention by hosting the Second Annual FFA Essay Contest. Not only will this contest offset the costs for three chapters attending the convention, but it’s a great opportunity for us to hear from FFA members firsthand about important agricultural topics.
Last year’s essay contest prompted members to write about the importance of advocating for agriculture. The winning essay was written by Hailey Hampton, a member of the Mackay, Idaho, FFA chapter, and discussed important things like taking the time to understand and appreciate farmers for all that they do.
But Hailey wasn’t the only FFA member who shared why she advocates for agriculture. We received hundreds of essays from students all over the United States who stressed the importance of sharing a voice for agriculture for reasons like:
- “Today there are approximately 7.1 billion people in the world. In 2050, there will be 9.3 billion people in the world. Our appetite will double. This means by 2050, farmers will have to produce as much as they have grown since farming began in 10,000 B.C.”
- “According to the United States EPA, as of 2002, over 25 percent of our nation’s farmers were over the age of 65. That means young people will need to step up to provide for our country.”
- “In 1840, over 70 percent of our nation’s population was involved in production agriculture. In 2000, however, that number was down to under 2 percent.”