2009 Ag Day Essay Winner Honored

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2009 - The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) has announced the national 2009 Ag Day Essay Contest winner, Kelly Kohler.

ACA called upon seventh- to 12th-grade students nationwide to submit original essays of 450 words about the importance of agriculture in the U.S. Under the theme "Agriculture - Every Day in Every Way," students were encouraged to focus their essays on the importance of agriculture in everyone's lives. From the clothes you wear to the food you eat, agriculture is a part of every day for everyone. Though row crops and livestock are still very much a part of the foundation of the industry, agriculture today has multiple touch points in our daily lives and many career opportunities.

Kohler, a 10th-grader at Redwood Valley High School, Redwood Falls, Minn., was named the national winner of the 2009 contest during the Ag Day event held at the USDA Whitten Building Patio. Kohler read her essay to industry representatives, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, media and others at the Celebration of Agriculture dinner in Washington, D.C. The following is an excerpt from her essay:

"These days, agriculture is so deeply rooted in society that it is taken for granted and often ignored. The products that come from farms and agricultural processors are so commonplace that they are always expected. The food farmers produce goes to nourish the masses who largely overlook the farmers' entire existence."

"This year, the theme Agriculture - Every Day in Every Way, was a great way to show how important agriculture is to everyone," said Linda Tank, vice president for CHS Inc. "Kohler's essay highlighted the many areas of agriculture that people encounter on a day-to-day basis."

Ag Day is a nationally coordinated program that envisions consumers, young and old, talking about agriculture. The contest is sponsored by CHS Inc., The Council for Agricultural Science & Technology, High Plains Journal, National Association of Farm Broadcasting, National Agri-Marketing Association, Country Living Association and McCormick Company.

This is the 36th anniversary of National Ag Day. The goal of ACA is to provide a spotlight on the agriculture, food and fiber industries the first day of spring (National Ag Day), not only to help consumers understand how food and fiber products are produced, but to celebrate accomplishments in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

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