April 01, 2015 09:54 ET

GROWMARK 2015 Essay Contest Opportunity for Ontario 4-H High School Students

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 1, 2015) - The theme for this year's 4-H Essay Contest is: "Exploring Careers in Agriculture." The contest is open to all Ontario high school students who are members of 4-H.

This year, students are asked to choose a career in agriculture, find someone currently working in that career, and conduct an interview. Students will write their essays about that career and the details of their interview.

The Ontario provincial winner will receive $500 in award money and the winner's 4-H Association will receive a $300 award. Two runners-up will each win $125.

Essays should be approximately 500 words, typed and double-spaced. The postmarked entry deadline for Ontario 4-H members is May 15. Additional program details can be viewed online at (click on Our Commitments/Youth & Young Farmers/Essay Contest/4H Ontario) or at

The essay contest has been in place in the US for 22 years, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member co-operatives, in conjunction with US state FFA leaders and 4-H Ontario, to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues affecting agriculture, and understand the unique role of co-operatives.

GROWMARK is a regional co-operative providing agriculture-related products and services, as well as grain marketing, in Ontario and more than 40 US states. GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member co-operatives. The FS brand represents knowledgeable, experienced professionals acting with integrity and dedication to serve more than 250,000 customers. More information is available at

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