Take Your Agriculture Story Online This Semester

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College students, it's time to let your voice be heard! The Animal Agriculture Alliance’s annual College Aggies Online (CAO) scholarship competition kicks off September 14.

Undergraduate, graduate students and collegiate clubs will compete in the nine-week program to learn how to engage about food and agriculture online and in their communities Last year students were awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships, according to the Alliance in a release. 
Not only does CAO help students become confident and effective communicators on behalf of agriculture, but it also helps students gain valuable networking experiences. 

Since 2009, CAO has enabled students to enhance their communication skills through this competition that will look a little different this year, the release said. To ensure students are able to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the Alliance has updated the club competition to include virtual engagement opportunities and events suited for small groups. The Alliance encourages participating clubs to follow social distancing, wear face masks and use hand sanitizer at any in-person event, the release said. Participating clubs should follow any guidelines set by their universities for event sizes or required safety measures. There are 10 challenge categories available to choose from to earn points for the club competition. 
Undergraduates and graduate students can also enter the individual competition, which is completely virtual with students engaging and networking via social media to enhance their communication skills. Individuals and clubs can sign up here.
The CAO program is sponsored by Dairy Management Inc., CHS Foundation, National Pork Industry Foundation, Seaboard Foods, Bayer, Institute for Feed Education and Research, National Corn Growers Association, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Culver’s Franchising System, Domino’s Pizza Inc., Ohio Poultry Association and Pennsylvania Beef Council.
Farm Journal is celebrating 4-H during Farm Journal Field Days, the new American Farm Show—a free virtual event Aug. 25-27. Text photos or video of your 4-H’er and his or her project with the tag “FarmON” to 31313, or tag #FarmON on social media. Select photos and videos will be shown as part of the virtual #FarmON concert Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Central on AgWeb.com, YouTube and RFD TV. Register now!

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