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Essay Contest Rules

2024 Farm-City Theme: Our Community Counts on Farmers


Eligibility and Rules

  1. Division I - open to all students in grades 7 – 9.

Division II - open to all students in grades 10 – 12.

  1. First- and second-place winners will be named.

  2. Essays must relate to the theme. The name of the theme must be stated in the essay.

  3. Each student is required to complete the information form and attach it to the essay entry.  


All entries will be judged first at the county Farm-City committee level with the first-place winner in each county being submitted to the State Farm-City Committee. One entry per division, per county may be submitted for judging at the state level.


  1. Criteria:  Essay should be 500–1000 words, neatly typed, and double-spaced, on 8 ½ x 11, white paper. They will be judged on:

    1. Content

      1. Topic Sentence

      2. Adherence to theme

      3. Accuracy of information

      4. Supporting details

      5. Originality

      6. Reader Appeal

    2. b. Mechanics

      1. Grammar

      2. Punctuation

      3. Sentence Structure

      4. Capitalization

      5. Spelling

    3. Organization

      1. Clarity

      2. Flow of material

      3. Conclusion

  2. Deadline for entry at the state level is January 31, 2025. State winners will be notified by mail no later than March 1, 2025. Award winners will be announced at the state 2025 Farm-City Awards Luncheon and Program.

  3. All entries may be used at the discretion of the Ag in the Classroom Steering Committee and Farm-City Committee of Alabama without further permission or monetary consideration.



Awards in Each Category


1st  PLACE: $300 Cash

Student's Classroom: $300 Cash

2nd  PLACE: $200 Cash

Student's Classroom: $200 Cash



For further information, contact your local Farm-City Committee or the State Farm-City Committee at 1(800)392-5705 or 1(334)613-4410. E-mail: Fax: 1(334)284-3957. Mailing address: Alabama Farmers Federation, Attn: Tanner Hood, P.O. Box 11000, Montgomery, AL 36191.

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