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Resource Conservation Speech Contest





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

NEWS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release: October 9, 2015
Contact: Jody Heemstra, 605.773.4073

 

Resource Conservation Speech Contest

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Over $2,000 will be awarded to the South Dakota high school students named the winners of the 2016 Resource Conservation Speech Contest.

 

South Dakota students in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete for $2,300 in higher education scholarships which are provided by the East River and Rushmore Electric Power Cooperatives and South Dakota Rural Electric Association. The theme for the 2016 contest is “Why Manage Water for Conservation?”

 

Contest entries are due at the student’s local conservation district on or before March 26, 2016. Local winners advance to the seven area contests. Top area speakers compete at the state finals in Pierre on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Scholarships are awarded to the top three finalists: first place is $1,100; second place is $750; and third place is $450.

 

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.

 

An entry form and complete list of rules can be found online at: http://sdda.sd.gov/legacydocs/Forestry/educational-information/PDF/2016Speech-BrochureTouchstone.pdf.

 

For more information on the Resource Conservation Speech Contest, contact your local conservation district or call Cec Johnson, Natural Resource Specialist for SDDA, at 605.773.3623.

 

Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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