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New BEEF Daily Summer Contest!

erin-holker.JPG Last week, I hosted a photography contest that yielded outstanding agriculture photos from folks across the country. Winners of the contest took home beautiful western art prints courtesty of BEEF. Because the contest was so popular among readers, I'm going to launch a new contest this week. However, this new contest has a different challenge with exciting prizes, and I hope you will all join in...


I want to hear about your favorite childhood memories on the farm. I'm looking for a brief essay or story about your life growing up in agriculture. If you didn't grow up in ag, tell me about your favorite camping trip where your family always grilled hamburgers at the lake or about a favorite restaurant your family always went to. Really, anything goes, as long as it's related to agriculture in some way. Judging will be based on topic relevance and creativity of story. The top two entries will receive a book titled, Brands of the West, by popular western photographer, David R. Stoecklein. Here are the simple rules for entering...

1. One entry per applicant

2. Essays must be under 300 words. (This will keep your time at a desk writing to a minimum.)

3. Stories must be agriculture related

4. Send your entries to

5. Don't forget to include a photo of yourself, along with your mailing address.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Contest open to legal residents of 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 or older. To enter, send in a 300-word essay on your favorite childhood memory, along with a personal photo with your mailing address to: All entries must be received by noon Wednesday, June 10, 2009. Void outside of the 50 United States and District of Columbia and where prohibited by law. For the Full Rules, link here.

Quick BEEF Daily Fact: To kick this contest off, I thought I would share my favorite childhood memory on the farm. Listen to my podcast for an example to get you started in your entry. Good luck participants!