ODA holding ‘Ag is Cool’ contest

Staff report

The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced it will begin accepting entries for the 2016 “Agriculture is Cool!” Creative Expressions contest.

Children enrolled in school or home-schooled in Ohio during the 2015-16 academic year have until June 6 to capture their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is cool. Winning submissions will receive prizes, including tickets to the Ohio State Fair.

“Ag is Cool!” entries, which can include an original video, photograph, drawing or painting, will be judged in the following age categories. One winner from each age group and category will be chosen:

• Grades K-2: Photography, drawing or painting

• Grades 3-5: Video, photography, drawing or painting

• Grades 6-8: Video, photography, drawing or painting

• Grades 9-12: Video, photography, drawing or painting

Entries will be judged by a panel that may include representatives from the ODA, the Office of the Governor, the Ohio Expo Center, and professionals in the areas of video production, photography, drawing, painting, and other visual arts. Judging will be based on the student’s visual representation of the “Ag is Cool!” theme and whether it accurately reflects 21st century agriculture; creativity and use of Ohio images; and quality of work.

Winners of the art contest will be recognized by the Office of the Governor and other state officials at the Ohio State Fair on July 27.

For additional information, a complete copy of the rules, and entry form visit www.agri.ohio.gov/AgIsCool/ or call 614-752-9817.

Staff report