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The Pa. State Senate is holding the third annual “Talk To Your State Senator” statewide video competition, this time with a theme of supporting the agriculture industry. The competition is open to students from grades 6 through 12, including public, private, and home schooled students.

“This year’s competition challenges students to produce a video that includes ideas about how to ensure the agriculture industry will have a bright future in Pennsylvania,” Senator Gene Yaw explains. “Agriculture is the state’s top industry and a major part of the state and local economies, but the industry faces a variety of challenges based on market conditions and the number of farmers who are expected to retire during the next decade.”

Participants are encouraged to submit video entries of no longer than three minutes that promote the future of farming in Pennsylvania. Videos will be judged based on creativity, content, and the effectiveness of the message delivery.

$10,000 in prizes from the Pa. 529 college savings program administered by the Department of Treasury will be awarded through a deposit into college savings accounts in the winners' names.

The contest is open until January 31, 2020. Winners will be announced in May 2020.

Previous “Talk To Your State Senator” video competitions have explored the impact of the heroin and opioid crisis, and generated ideas to help improve school safety.