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'Our Farms, Our Food, Our Future' topic of KDA contest


Students have until May 20 to submit entries


For Immediate Release
Friday, March 18, 2016
For more information contact:
Angela Blank
(502) 573-0450


FRANKFORT, Ky. – 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 in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) and Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom’s annual Poster and Essay Contest.

“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.”


Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom logo

Students may produce a poster, an essay, or a digital image on the theme “Kentucky Agriculture: Our Farms, Our Food, Our Future.” Statewide poster and essay winners from each grade, kindergarten through 12th, will be chosen, and an overall digital winner will be named. Each statewide grade winner and the digital art winner will receive a $100 award.

Entries must be postmarked by May 20 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. The name of the teacher and school must accompany each entry. Winners will be notified by July 1.

The awards will be presented July 15 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington prior to the Lexington Legends baseball game. The Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington has a long-standing partnership with KDA featuring Kentucky Proud products that provides another marketing opportunity for Kentucky farmers.

The contest is conducted by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in partnership with Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom.

For more information, including complete contest rules and entry forms, go to or contact Lashley Stith at (502) 782-4135 or