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Holly Martin is the editor of High Plains Journal/Midwest Ag Journal.

Ag youth national anthem singing contest offers $25,000 in scholarships

FMC Corporation announces its “Stand Up and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest,” an opportunity for students in agriculture to showcase their patriotic singing skills for a chance to win scholarship prizes. Any member of a national agricultural student organization is invited to submit an audition video singing the National Anthem. Participants will have from March 15 through June 15, 2012 to submit their entry online at www.FMCcrop.com/contest.

“FMC has a stake in farming’s future, and we are invested in providing opportunities that foster and grow our next generation of agricultural leaders,” said Bob Trogele, FMC North America Area Director. “We encourage youth to become advocates of our industry and to continue to make agriculture a part of their daily lives.”

Entrants of the “Stand Up and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest” must be a member of a national ag-related student organization, such as FFA, 4-H or a student NAMA chapter, with plans to pursue a career in agriculture or agribusiness. Entries received between March 15 and June 15 will be posted to the contest webpage and a public online voting phase to determine the finalists begins on July 2. Anyone will be able to go online to www.FMCcrop.com/contest to vote to determine the top four finalists. Finalists will be announced on August 22.

Videotaped interviews and performances of the four finalists will then be aired on national agricultural TV with online voting to determine the grand prize winner. Voting for finalists will take place between September 24 and October 19. Three of the finalists will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Winners will be announced on October 24.

“We’re looking forward to viewing the submissions from these talented students,” Trogele said. “It will be a great experience for our finalists to share their agricultural story and sing the National Anthem on national television. We hope these scholarships provide the opportunity to further our finalists’ educational endeavors.”

FMC Corporation has additional plans to invest in farming’s future with the anticipated EPA registration (EPA registration is currently pending) of two new herbicides, Anthem TM and Anthem TM ATZ, in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Complete contest details are available online at www.FMCcrop.com/contest.


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