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Pennsylvania 'Talk To Your State Senator' Contest
PA Students, help preserve Pennsylvania's legacy.
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Due January 31st, 2020 - Imagine waking up to a world without farms-no cows, no sheep, no potato plants, and no ears of corn growing in the fields. No problem, no farms means a lot of empty space for new houses, new restaurants and new fun things to do. Right? No farms also means empty grocery store shelves and no hamburgers, no French fries, no ice cream, and no restaurants! Many people may take it for granted, but farming is important; we can't survive in a world without farms. Regardless of whether we live in the city or in the country, we all like to eat.

Farming is an important part of our history. For generations, farmers have cultivated Pennsylvania's fertile land to grow crops and raise livestock on farms both large and small; an important part of feeding the 12+ million citizens of the state. But, our Commonwealth has a problem--for every four farmers in Pennsylvania over the age of 65, there is only one farmer under the age of 35.

Agriculture is Pennsylvania's #1 industry and that means it's the backbone of our economy. Pennsylvania's 59,000 farm families manage more than 7.7 million acres of farmland and generate more than $7.5 billion annually-that's billion with a "B"! Yet despite those billions, many farm families are struggling to make ends meet. Theyneed to explore creative new ways to support farmers in communities throughout the commonwealth and encourage future farmers.

That's where you come in! Share your ideas on how to support agriculture in the state and ensure the land remains productive. They want you to share your thoughts and advise your legislator. Explain how to save farms for the generations to come so they don't have to imagine a world without them.

Entries should be no longer than 3-minutes in length.

Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.

Prizes

Middle School Category (Grades 6 - 8)
  1st Place - $2,500
  2nd Place $1,500
  3rd Place $1,000

High School Category (Grades 9 - 12)
  1st Place - $2,500
  2nd Place $1,500
  3rd Place $1,000

Eligibility
Open to Pennsylvania students in grades 6-12.

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