Gen Z Speaks Ag

2019 “Gen Z Speaks Ag” Program for Young Advocates

Make your voices count for agriculture in the “Gen Z Speaks Ag” contest, sponsored by American Agri-Women and Bayer Crop Science as part of the “AgDay365: Ag Day is Every Day” campaign. This year’s theme is “Love Food, Don’t Waste it.”

In the U.S., food waste is estimated at between 30-40% of the food supply. Young advocates can help change this alarming trend.

The contest is open now for all youth ages 11-23 and submissions will be accepted until September 30, with the winners announced at American Agri-Women’s annual convention in November.

The categories and guidelines are detailed below. Want a tip about how to have a better chance of winning? Make sure your projects depict an authentic and positive message and focus on educating consumers and others.

Good luck!

Choose your favorite way to spread positive messages about agriculture:

“Gen Z Speaks Ag” Photo Contest

Youth ages 11-23 can submit up to 3 photographs by September 30, 2019. Photos must depict agriculture in an authentic and positive light and incorporate the Ag Day is Every Day or Love Food, Don’t Waste it themes.

Photos will be judged by a panel of professional photographers using these guidelines as a basis for their selection. Download the photo guidelines.

Three prizes will be awarded:

  • First prize – $500
  • Second prize – $250
  • Third prize – $100

BONUS: The top photos will be posted on American Agri-Women’s Facebook page for a People’s Choice Selection. The People’s Choice award winner will receive a Bluetooth portable speaker.

The prize winners will be announced at American Agri-Women’s annual convention in November.

Click here to view the submission form.

 

“Gen Z Speaks Ag” Video Contest

Youth ages 11-23 can submit a limit of one video (up to 5 minutes) by September 30, 2019. Videos must depict agriculture in an authentic and positive light and incorporate the Ag Day is Every Day or Love Food, Don’t Waste It themes.

The videos will be judged by a panel of professional videographers using these guidelines as a basis for their selection. Download the video guidelines.

Three prizes will be awarded:

  • First prize – $500
  • Second prize – $250
  • Third prize – $100

BONUS: The top 5 videos will be posted on American Agri-Women’s Facebook page for a People’s Choice Selection. The People’s Choice award winner will receive a Bluetooth portable speaker.

The prize winners will be announced at American Agri-Women’s annual convention in November.

Click here to view the submission form

 

“Gen Z Speaks Ag” Special Events Contest

A group of 3 or more youth, ages 11-23, can submit their special event built around the Ag Day is Every Day or Love Food, Don’t Waste It themes. The event must meet these qualifications:

  • The event must educate and advocate to those outside of agriculture, such as consumers, students, legislators and others.
  • The submission must include:
    • A 400-word description of the event, including the date, location, participants (coordinators and attendees), activities and outcomes.
    • Three photos of the event.
  • Three events will be honored, with donations made to the non-profit of their choice (including 4-H clubs, FFA chapters, etc.) and awarded subject to American Agri-Women’s discretion..
    • First prize – $500
    • Second prize – $250
    • Third prize – $100

Click here to view the submission form.

 


American Agri-Women and Bayer Announce Winners of 2017 ‘Gen Z Speaks Ag’ Advocacy Contest

Winners will be part of the inaugural Gen Z Advisory Panel, advising AAW about trends and issues facing young advocates.

American Agri-Women (AAW) and Crop Science, a division of Bayer, are pleased to announce the winners of the “Gen Z Speaks Ag” advocacy contest as part of AAW’s “AgDay365: Ag Day is Every Day Campaign.” AgDay365 celebrates the fact that everyone is part of agriculture, every day, and the contest encouraged young advocates to make their voices count.

Photography award recipients:

• 3rd Place, Amy Engelhard, Unionville, Mich., – “Second Graders Planting Pumpkins”
• 2nd Place, Mia Orduno, Chandler, Ariz. – “Second Chance”
• 1st Place winner and People’s Choice Ellie Steensma, Lynden, Wash. – “Ag on the Islands”
• People’s Choice, Quincie Gourley, San Luis Obispo, Calif., – “Oink. Oink.”
• People’s Choice, Madison Love, Rushville, Ill. – “FFA Chapter Officers”

Videography award recipients:

• 3rd Place, Kara Linder, Chandler, Ariz. – “Ag Day Every Day” – View Video Here
• 2nd Place, Haley Ammann, Fairmont, Minn. – “Ag 365”- View Video Here
• 1st Place and People’s Choice, Brandon Roiger, Minneapolis, Minn. – “Ag is an Every Day Hope”
View Video Here

Special event recipients:

• 2nd Place, McKinley Vikings 4-H Club, Frederic, Wis., – “Annual Corn Feed” event
• 1st Place, Students and FFA members from Barron, Prairie Farm and Cumberland Schools in Wisconsin, – “Food for America” program

Pollinator education event:

• 2nd Place, McKinley Vikings 4-H Club, Frederic, Wis., – “Pollinator Week and Beyond”
• 1st Place, Sissy Sugarman, Encinitas, Calif., – “The Honey Bee Road Show”

The winners are also invited to be part of AAW’s inaugural Gen Z advisory panel. The goal is to collaborate with young advocates to learn about issues and concerns they have for agriculture, their careers, etc., so AAW can develop programming and policies for ag’s future leaders.Major inaugural sponsors of AgDay365 include Farm Credit; Caterpillar; Bayer; Crop Science, a division of Bayer; and CCI Marketing. The campaign is continuing into 2018 and sponsorships are available. Please contact Doris Mold, pastpresident@americanagriwomen.org, for more information.

About American Agri-Women

American Agri-Women promotes the welfare of our national security through a safe and reliable food, fiber and energy supply. For more than 40 years, AAW members have worked together to educate consumers; advocate for agriculture; and offer networking and professional development opportunities. Go to the AAW web site for more information and to join, www.americanagriwomen.org. Find AAW on social media at: Facebook.com/AgriWomen/ and Twitter.com/Women4Ag/ (@Women4Ag). AAW also hosts the “Women4Ag” Facebook page for consumer information and the “AgDay365” Facebook page for campaign updates.

Bayer: Science For A Better Life

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2016, the Group employed around 115,200 people and had sales of EUR 46.8 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.6 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.7 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015. Find more information at www.cropscience.bayer.us.

AAW contact: Jenny Stelmach, Vice President of Communications, communications@americanagriwomen.org.

We are a force for truth, a reasoned, non-partisan voice for the agricultural community to the public.