PIERRE, S.D. — Contestants in the 60th Annual Resource Conservation Speech Contest are eligible to win a share of $2,300 in college scholarships.
All South Dakota students, grades 9-12, are eligible to compete for a share of $2,300 in higher education scholarships provided by the East River and Rushmore Electric Power Cooperatives and South Dakota Rural Electric Association. Scholarships are awarded to the top three finalists: first place is $1,100; second place is $750; and third place is $450.
The 2021 contest theme is “What Have You Done for Conservation Lately?” Contests are coordinated by local conservation districts. Local winners advance to area contests held in seven locations. The top area speakers compete at the state finals in Pierre on Saturday, April 24, 2021.
The contest is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA), in cooperation with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of South Dakota, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts.
An entry form and complete list of rules can be found online.
For more information on the Resource Conservation Speech Contest, contact your local conservation district or call Bailey Gullikson, South Dakota Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Specialist, at 605.773.7570.
Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $32.5 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 132,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
— South Dakota Department of Agriculture
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