Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom is kicking off the 2019-2020 school year by announcing the Book of the Year, "Right This Very Minute," written by Lisl Detlefson of Wisconsin.
Each year the Ag in the Classroom program holds an essay contest in conjunction with the Book of the Year for fourth- and fifth-grade students throughout the state. This year’s essay contest topic is, “How has Wisconsin agriculture affected your life today?”
Detlefson’s book is the current American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Book of the Year and has an educator’s guide developed for it. Accompanying lessons aligned to educational standards and various Wisconsin educational resources are available online for teachers, students and volunteers to use in promoting and preparing essays.
Essay submissions must be 100 to 300 words in length and will be judged on content, grammar, spelling and neatness. Essays are due April 1, 2020. The contest is sponsored by We Energies and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation.
Nine district winners will be selected with one being chosen as the state winner in May 2020 by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Promotion and Education Committee. Each district winner will receive a classroom presentation for his or her class. This past year more than 2,000 students participated in the contest.