Deadline extended for statewide essay contest


Third-grade classes can win chance to experience farming firsthand as part of the "For Your
InFARMation" program.
The Ohio Livestock Coalition has announced it has extended the deadline for the annual statewide essay
contest to March 14. The group will award a free, all-expenses-paid field trip to an Ohio livestock farm
to the winning essay-writers’ entire class. More specific information about the essay contest rules is
available at
As part of an ongoing effort of the OLC to teach Ohio students about the origins of the food they eat and
the important role agriculture plays in Ohio’s economy, the OLC is conducting a statewide essay contest
for third-grade students. Participants are asked to respond to the question, "How do Ohio farmers
make sure we have good, safe food to eat?"
The For Your InFARMation program is designed to teach students about farmers and the economy, livestock
farming, keys to safe and healthy food and careers in agriculture and includes free materials for
The For Your InFARMation materials were developed in consultation with a curriculum consultant and
practicing third-grade teacher. Instructional resources include the following:
• A teacher’s guide with complete lesson plans;
• Interactive smart board lessons;
• Lapbook materials and worksheets; and
• Extended learning recommendations and cross-curricular suggestions.
Additionally, the materials specifically address one of the new elements of the Ohio academic standards
to teach students about how "daily life is influenced by the agriculture, industry and natural
resources in different communities."

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