BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AgPR.com) — Taylor Case of Russellville, Missouri, has been named the Missouri state winner of the 2019 GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members. The theme of this year’s contest was “What does the future of agriculture look like to you, and what skills will you need to play a part in it?”
In her contest entry, Case said: “To help the agricultural industry flourish in the future, communication is not the only skill that I will need. In order to truly make an impact on future farmers, I will need the skill of implementation. As E.M. Tiffany stated in the beginning of the FFA Creed, ‘…with a faith born not of words, but of deeds…,’ a plan without action means nothing. To ensure that ideas are turned into actions, I will continue working alongside farmers throughout the entire process of creating an efficient operation.”
Case is a student at Cole R-1 Russellville High School and a member of the Russellville FFA chapter. Her FFA advisor is Ellen Amos.
As the contest winner, Case will receive a $500 award from GROWMARK at the Missouri FFA State Convention in Columbia, held in April. The Russellville FFA chapter will also receive a $300 award in honor of her accomplishment.
Four state runners-up will each receive a $125 award. The runners-up and their FFA chapters are, in alphabetical order: Emily Christian, Hermitage FFA, Hermitage, Missouri; Jacob Knaebel, Fatima FFA, Jefferson City, Missouri; Emily Meyer, Bowling Green FFA, Bowling Green, Missouri; and Tessa Travelute, King City FFA, Union Star, Missouri.
This is the 26th year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders, to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues in agriculture, and understand the unique role of cooperatives.
GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative with annual sales of $7.3 billion (FY 2017 data) providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services throughout North America. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at www.growmark.com.