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Elk Mound student is Ag in the Classroom essay winner

ELK MOUND – Lauren Garnett, a fifth grade student from Elk Mound, is the Dunn County as well as District winner of the Agriculture in the Classroom essay contest. Wisconsin fourth and fifth graders were asked to write a 100 to 300-word essay with the theme, “Tell us about making maple syrup in Wisconsin.”

Lauren is the daughter of Kevin and Jennifer Garnett. Mr. Proft is her fifth grade teacher at Mound View Middle School. Her essay was picked as the overall winner of essays submitted by students from Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St Croix and Sawyer Counties.

Over 3,000 students from throughout Wisconsin wrote essays for the competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation, Insight FS and We Energies.

Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program provides teachers and K-12 students with an understanding of how their food is produced. The program seeks to work within existing curricula to provide basic information on our nation’s largest industry: Agriculture. Wisconsin’s Ag in the Classroom program is carried out by a network of local educators, volunteers and representatives from agricultural organizations and businesses. The goal of the program is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.