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GROWMARK announces 2018 Iowa essay contest winners

Anna Campbell of Hamlin has been named the Iowa state winner of the 2018 GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members. The theme of this year’s contest was “How can cooperatives demonstrate their value to the next generation of agriculturists?” 

In her contest entry, Campbell said, “To become a partner with the generations to come, cooperatives need to extend their knowledge to students through programs like FFA. This would give students a better understanding of cooperatives and how they help agriculture.” 

Campbell is a student at Audubon High School and a member of the Audubon FFA chapter. Her FFA advisor is Brittany Elmquist.

As the contest winner, Campbell will receive a $500 award from GROWMARK at the Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference in Ames, held in April. The Audubon FFA chapter will also receive a $300 award in honor of her accomplishment.

Four state runners-up will each receive a $125 award. The runners-up and their FFA chapters are, Kanyon Huntington of East Union FFA in Afton, Austin Miller of North Linn FFA in Walker, Rease Morris of Collins-Maxwell FFA in Maxwell and Rebecca Wilson of Lone Tree FFA in Conesville.

This is the 25th year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders, to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues in agriculture and understand the unique role of cooperatives.

GROWMARK is a regional cooperative providing agronomy, energy, facility planning and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at

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