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“Describe the ‘Farmer of the Future’" is the theme for the 2020 GROWMARK Essay Contest. FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin are encouraged to write essays that address the tools or skills future farmers will need to be successful.

The annual essay contest is sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives in conjunction with state FFA leaders. The contest was developed to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues affecting agriculture, and understand the unique role of cooperatives. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 8. Each state’s winner earns a $500 award. The winner’s FFA chapter receives a $300 award. Four runners-up per state each win $125 awards. Visit to submit an essay or for more information.