HARRISBURG – November 1, 2019 − State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today is encouraging middle and high school students to share their ideas about how to support agriculture in Pennsylvania as part of the third annual “Talk To Your State Senator” statewide video competition.
This year’s competition challenges students to produce a video that includes ideas about how to ensure the agriculture industry will have a bright future in Pennsylvania.
“Farming is Pennsylvania’s top industry and a huge part of our state and local economies,” Leach said. “The industry faces a variety of challenges based on market conditions and the number of farmers who are expected to retire during the next decade. This is a great contest that will hopefully encourage many of our local students to explore some of the local farms that call southeastern PA home, while also (fingers crossed) winning some scholarship money!”
The contest, which is sponsored by the Senate of Pennsylvania and Rutter’s, is open to Pennsylvania students in grades six through 12, including all public school, private school and home school students. Participants are encouraged to submit video entries of no longer than three minutes that promote the future of farming in Pennsylvania.
A total of $10,000 in prizes will be awarded through the PA 529 college savings program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury. Prizes will be deposited into a college savings account in the winner(s) name. Videos will be judged based on creativity, content and effectiveness of message delivery.
The contest will remain open through January 31, 2020. Winners will be announced in May 2020. More information on the contest is available online here.
Even though the 17th Senatorial District is quite suburban, it is home to some farms. Two farms in particular, Nor-View Farm and the Norristown Farm Park, have offered to answer any questions students might have about what it takes to farm in Philadelphia’s Collar Counties. Anyone working on this project can feel free to contact either farm for questions or perhaps even to use some of their space for a video. Dave Dolga is Upper Merion Township’s Farm Operations Supervisor and manages Nor-View Farm, he can be reached at 484.524.3749; Carrie Bergstresser can be contacted at the Norristown Farm Park at 610.270.0215.
“One of my favorite things about this competition is all the students that end up learning so much new stuff about Pennsylvania,” Leach said. “A special thanks is owed to the Norristown Farm Park and Nor-View Farms for partnering to help bring some hardware home to southeastern PA. And thank you to all of the farms and hard-working farmers who help keep our economy thriving and for making sure we have food for our tables.”
Previous “Talk To Your State Senator” video competitions have explored the impact of the heroin and opioid crisis, and generated ideas to help improve school safety.
Rutter’s is a privately-held chain of convenience stores headquartered in Central Pennsylvania. Widely recognized as an industry leader in food service, innovative technology, and customer service, receiving awards for International Convenience Retailer of the Year, 1st Nationally in Brand Loyalty and Customer Fit, and Food Service Retailer of the Year, Rutter’s operates 76 locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. Part of a family managed group of companies, Rutter’s includes convenience stores, a dairy and beverage company, and a real estate company. With roots dating back to 1747, Rutter’s 272-year history makes it the oldest vertically-integrated food company in the United States.
Senator Daylin Leach represents the 17th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Montgomery County and Delaware County. For more information visit www.senatorleach.com/newsroom.