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Youth Moo-vement - Traverse City Branch Sponsors Essay Contest
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Many of GreenStone Farm Credit Services’ employees have deep agricultural roots, including fond memories of time spent at county fairs and participating in 4-H activities during their youth. To help today’s generation of youngsters make those memories for themselves, GreenStone’s Traverse City location has announced an essay competition for 4-H participants.



Youth Moo-vement: GreenStone’s Traverse City Branch Sponsors Essay Contest


Many of GreenStone Farm Credit Services’ 475-plus employees have deep agricultural roots, including fond memories of time spent at county fairs and participating in 4-H activities during their youth. To help today’s generation of youngsters make those memories for themselves, GreenStone’s Traverse City location has announced an essay competition for 4-H participants.

The essay competition is open to age-eligible 4-H students participating in the Northwestern Michigan Fair. Entrants are asked to write a one-page essay focused on one of the following topics:

  • How has 4-H impacted your life?
  • What have you learned from raising a project animal?
  • What does agriculture mean to you and why did you choose to get involved in agriculture?

The winning essay author will receive a junior beef steer that must be brought back to the Northwestern Michigan Fair the following year as a project entry.

“Raising project animals for 4-H is one of the most cherished memories for many children who grew up on a farm,” said Ben Mahlich, regional vice president of sales and customer relations. “Agriculture is a vital industry to our state, nation and world, and it is important to expose young people to the industry at an early age. We hope that the essay contest winner’s experience raising this junior beef steer helps peak their interest in agriculture, and encourages them to stay involved in the industry for many years to come.”

Essays are currently being accepted and must be received by noon on Aug. 9, 2013. The winning author will be announced at the 4-H awards banquet on Aug. 10, entrants must be present to win.

Those interested in entering an essay can call the Traverse City branch at 231-946-5710. To download a flyer with more information, click here.