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Scholarship Prizes Available for Resource Conservation Speech Contest Winners





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

NEWS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release: October 23, 2018

Media Contact: Maggie Stensaas, 605.773.4073   

 

 

Scholarship Prizes Available for Resource Conservation Speech Contest Winners

 

PIERRE, S.D. – 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 9-12 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 on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

 

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: http://sdda.sd.gov/conservation-forestry/educational-programs/resource-conservation-speech-contest/PDF/2019Speech-Brochure.pdf  

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, 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 and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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