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Entries sought for conservation speech contest


SD Ag Connection - October 25, 2018

PIERRE, SD - Contestants in the 2019 State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech contest will be eligible to win a total of $2,300 in college scholarships.

All South Dakota students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete for $2,300 in higher education scholarships, which are provided by East River and Rushmore Electric Power Cooperatives, as well as the South Dakota Rural Electric Association. Scholarships are awarded to the top three finalists: first place is $1,100, second place is $750 and third place is $450.

The theme for the 2019 contest is “Ag Technology: Farming & Ranching for a Future.”

Contests are coordinated by local conservation districts. Local winners advance to area contests held in seven locations. The top area speakers compete at the state finals in Pierre, SD on April 27.

The contest is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA), in cooperation with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of South Dakota, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts.

For more information on the Resource Conservation Speech Contest, contact your local conservation district or call Tiffany Thompson, natural resource specialist for SDDA, at 605-773-3623.

An entry form and complete list of rules can be found online at: https://bit.ly/2AoL5Zv



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