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New York State Grazing Lands Conservations Initiative (GLCI) Writing Contest

The Steering Committee of the New York State Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) is once again sponsoring a writing contest for students, farmers, and others. The purpose of the contest is to promote managed grazing. Up to four individuals will be eligible to win $250 each for their submissions. Authors will be judged in one of the following age categories – 15 to 20, 21 to 25, and 25 and older.

Articles should be about a farm that is utilizing managed grazing and focus on at least one of the following four benefits: 1) animal health and well-being; 2) environmental quality; 3) economic improvement; or 4) farm family quality of life. Also authors should explain how the farms have utilized technical assistance available from either a GLCI grazing specialist, or their local USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), county Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) office, or some other source.

For more information, contact GLCI Coordinator Karen Hoffman at Karen.hoffman2@ny.usda.gov or 607-33404632 ext 116. Entries are due by August 1st and contest results will be announced by September 15th.