Kentucky Proud


“Kentucky Agriculture: Our Farms, Our Food, Our Future” is the theme of the
Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Kentucky Agriculture & Environment in the Classroom
2016 Poster and Essay Contest.


Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites Kentucky students to create and submit original
works to show agriculture’s importance to the Commonwealth’s way of life and its future. Students are encouraged to submit either a poster, an essay, or a digital image based on the contest theme. Statewide poster and essay winners from each grade, Kindergarten through 12th grade, will be chosen, and an overall digital winner will be selected. Cash prizes will be presented to the winners at the Kentucky Proud - Kentucky Agriculture & Environment in the Classroom Night on Friday, July 15th at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark (Home of the Lexington Legends) in Lexington. The winning entries will be displayed at the 2016 Kentucky State Fair.


“Our farms are key to the future of our state,” Commissioner Quarles said. “I look forward to seeing how Kentucky’s young people express themselves on such an important topic.”

Entries must be postmarked by May 20th and sent to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, 111 Corporate Drive, Frankfort, KY 40601. A completed entry form must be taped or glued to the back of each entry. Names of the teacher and school must accompany each entry. Winners will be notified by July 1st.

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See below for more information, including complete contest rules and entry forms, or contact Elizabeth Gordon at (502) 782-4125 or


Printable Forms and Rules