GROWMARK Announces 2020 Iowa Essay Contest Winner

“In the future, the lives of farmers will certainly change as we look to solve the issue of world hunger. This may occur through research and development, the use of biotechnology and other agriscience areas, or even through important partnerships.”

Kanyon Huntington of Afton, Iowa, has been named the Iowa state winner of the 2020 GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members. The theme of this year’s contest was “Describe the ‘Farmer of the Future.’ What tools or skills will he or she need to be successful?” 

In his contest entry, Huntington said: “In the future, the lives of farmers will certainly change as we look to solve the issue of world hunger. This may occur through research and development, the use of biotechnology and other agriscience areas, or even through important partnerships.” 

Huntington is a student at East Union Community High School and a member of the East Union FFA chapter. His FFA advisor is Mike Cooley. 

As the contest winner, Huntington will receive a $500 award from GROWMARK at the Iowa FFA State Convention in Ames, held in April. The East Union FFA chapter will also receive a $300 award in honor of his accomplishment. 

Four state runners-up will each receive a $125 award. The runners-up and their FFA chapters are, in alphabetical order: Emily Freese, Carroll Area FFA Chapter, Carroll, Iowa; Madison Klingenborg, North Butler FFA Chapter, Dumont, Iowa; Jade Ridgely, South Central Calhoun FFA Chapter, Rockwell City, Iowa; and Nadia Schafbuch, HLV FFA Chapter, Ladora, Iowa. 

This is the 27th year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders, to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues in agriculture, and understand the unique role of cooperatives. 

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Karen Jones Youth and Young Producer Specialist, GROWMARK
Karen Jones Youth and Young Producer Specialist, GROWMARK
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GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative serving almost 400,000 customers across North America, providing agronomy, energy, facility engineering and construction, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by member cooperatives. GROWMARK also owns and operates SEEDWAY, the largest full-line seed company in the United States. More information is available at growmark.com.


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