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Conservation writing, art contests under way

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With a new school year now under way, the search for Kentucky’s finest youth writers and artists also begins.

Students in grades first through 12th are encouraged to submit creative writing and artistic entries for the annual conservation writing and art contests sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts.

This year’s competition, featuring a writing contest for grades 6 through 12 and the Jim Claypool Conservation Art Contest for grades 1 through 5, is themed “Kentucky’s Forests: Branching Out.” Creativity is a key component to the contests, but students will be challenged to think about the environment around them and the efforts they can take to help preserve it.

County-level winners receive a $25 award, regional winners get $50 and the state winners collect $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $50 for third place.

Entries for the 2012 competition must be received at the student’s county conservation district office by Dec. 1.

To learn more about the contests and download resource materials – including a teacher’s guide, contest entry form and report forms – visit kyfb.com/federation or conservation.ky.gov.