“Agriculture makes a significant contribution to our state’s economy. All of the commodities Georgia farmers produced in 2009 had a total farm gate value of $11.3 billion, according to a report compiled by The University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.” said Bernard Sims, Catoosa County Farm Bureau president. “The purpose of the Farm Bureau Art Contest is to encourage students to increase their knowledge of Georgia agriculture and the contributions the industry makes to our lives every day.”
Drawings will be judged on 1) how well the artwork represents modern agriculture found in Catoosa or Georgia’s agriculture industry and 2) artistic merit.
To enter the contest students should contact the Catoosa County Farm Bureau for an official entry form and contest rules. All entries must be received at the Catoosa County Farm Bureau office by Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.
“This contest is a wonderful way for art teachers and home school parents to encourage their students to creatively explore Georgia agriculture,” said Sims.
The Catoosa County Farm Bureau Art Contest winner will be entered in the Georgia Farm Bureau 1st District competition. The district winner will receive a cash prize of $75. The ten GFB district winners will compete for the state prize of $250 cash. Two runners-up will each receive $150 cash. Previous state winners are not eligible.
Students must be willing to allow Georgia Farm Bureau to reprint copies of their drawings. The winning artwork becomes the property of Georgia Farm Bureau and will be printed in a calendar that is distributed by Georgia Farm Bureau to promote agriculture.
Georgia Farm Bureau and SunTrust Bank of Middle Georgia sponsor the contest. The Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee coordinates the contest. For more information, contact the Catoosa County Farm Bureau office at 706-937-2000. You may also download more information about the contest by visiting http://www.gfb.org and selecting GFB Programs and then selecting Ag in the Classroom. All entries must be officially submitted by the Catoosa County Farm Bureau to the Georgia Farm Bureau home office.
About the Georgia Farm Bureau
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.