Threlkeld wins essay contest

Friday, March 23, 2007

ACA called upon seventh- to 12th-grade students nationwide to submit original essays of 450 words about the importance of agriculture in the United States. Under the theme "American Agriculture in 2025," students were encouraged to focus their essays on the potential landscape of American agriculture in 2025 based on where we are today and the opportunities that lie ahead.

Justin Threlkeld a 10th-grader at Home Life Academy in Lewisburg, was named the Tennessee winner of the 2007 contest. The following is an excerpt from his essay:

"Agriculture in the year 2025 will be organic and renewable; it will work with the land, not against it. New breeds of crops and animals will be developed. There will be an increase in demand for many crops as new uses for those crops will be developed, leading to a decrease in our dependence on oil. As farms become important sources of energy, crops like corn will become even more important. As we move away from oil, we will need to develop more fuels like E85 ethanol (Flex Fuel and biodiesel)."

"It is great to see today's youth have such strong support for the American agriculture industry," said Eldon White, president, Agriculture Council of America. "The entries covered a wide range of agricultural topics and ideas, showing the depth of interest and awareness that Tennessee students have."

Ag Day is a nationally coordinated program that envisions consumers, young and old, talking about agriculture. The contest is sponsored by Case IH, 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 34th anniversary of National Ag Day. The goal of the ACA is to provide a spotlight on the agriculture, food and fiber industries the first day of spring (National Ag Day), to help consumers understand not only how food and fiber products are produced, but to celebrate accomplishments in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.