Twenty Indiana eighth-graders have been selected as finalists in the essay contest sponsored by Senator Richard Lugar, Indiana Farm Bureau (IFB), and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. Students from 31 counties participated in this year’s contest.
One boy and one girl were chosen from each of Indiana Farm Bureau’s 10 districts after winning at the county level. Andrea Ledgerwood of Angola, a student at Prairie Heights Middle School, was a winner for District 2.
Two state winners – one boy and one girl – will be announced at the IFB Spring Conference in Indianapolis March 9 and 10. Each of the finalists will win a $50 U.S. Savings Bond while the state winners will also win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
“The role of the farm in a healthy diet” is the theme for this year’s contest. The contest began in 1985 and is designed to increase young Hoosiers’ awareness of the significance of Indiana agriculture and how it relates to the supply of fuel, food, and health.