GROWMARK Announces 2020 Missouri Essay Contest Winner

“Tomorrow is extremely unpredictable and a farmer has no choice but to depend on things that he/she cannot control. The future farmer will need to learn to rely on new technologies to help them produce enough for the constantly growing population.”

Claudia Hadlock of Miller, Missouri, has been named the Missouri 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 her contest entry, Hadlock said: “Tomorrow is extremely unpredictable and a farmer has no choice but to depend on things that he/she cannot control. The future farmer will need to learn to rely on new technologies to help them produce enough for the constantly growing population.” 

Hadlock is a student at Miller R-2 High School and a member of the Miller FFA chapter. Her FFA advisor is Lyle Whittaker. 

As the contest winner, Hadlock will receive a $500 award from GROWMARK at the Missouri FFA State Convention in Columbia, held in April. The Miller FFA chapter will also receive a $300 award in honor of her accomplishment. 

Four state runners-up will each receive a $125 award. The runners-up and their FFA chapters are, in alphabetical order: Emma Brushwood, Elsberry FFA Chapter, Elsberry, Missouri; Marissa Morris, AV Career Tech FFA Chapter, Patterson, Missouri; Dalton Naile, Spokane FFA Chapter, Highlandville, Missouri; and Lydia Whaley, Meadow Heights FFA Chapter, Sedgewickville, Missouri. 

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. 

About GROWMARK, Inc.

About GROWMARK, Inc:

GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative with annual sales of $8.7 billion (FY 2019 data) providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services throughout North America. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at www.growmark.com

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