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Youth and Young FarmersOntario Essay Contest

Ontario Essay Contest

​2018 Essay Contest for 4-H Ontario 

The average age of farmers in Canada is 58 years old, meaning many current farmers are nearing retirement. Co-operatives have played a vital role in agriculture for many years, offering products, services, and expertise to help farmers increase efficiency and profitability, while keeping up with a rapidly changing industry. As a younger generation steps up to fill their shoes, they will need a wide variety of resources and technology to be successful. What does the next generation of agriculturists need from a co-operative partner, and how can co-operatives work with young farmers to remain relevant?​

This essay contest, sponsored by GROWMARK and participating FS member co-operatives, asks high-school 4-H members in Ontario to answer the question "How can co-operatives demonstrate their value to the next generation of agriculturists?"

Contest Goals:
The contest goals are to encourage students to develop writing skills, learn about current issues impacting agriculture, and understand the unique role of co-operatives.

2018​ Essay Theme: 
"How can co-operatives demonstrate their value to the next generation of agriculturists?"​

2018 Ontario 4-H Essay Contest​

Click here to read full details and submission information.​​​

Click the link below to read the 2018 winning essay:

Maggie-Jo Hickson

The provincial 4-H winner receives a $500 award.
The 4-H Association of the provincial winner receives $300 to use toward something of lasting value to help future students and recognize the winner's accomplishment. 
Two runners-up will each receive a $125 award.

​Questions, call 515-821-5740 or email Janice Johnson​.