LARAMIE — Uinta County first grader Dawson Hutchings was the state winner of the coloring contest.
Hutchings is a first grader at Mountain View Elementary School and his teacher is Jenilee Schwartz.
The coloring contest was part of the state program by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB).
“Sharing our stories as farmers and ranchers is more important in today’s day and age than ever,” said Raenell Taylor, WyFB Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) promotions sub-committee chair. “The “Ag Books for Kids” program gives us an opportunity to make a difference for agriculture in Wyoming.”
Students from across Wyoming learned more about agriculture again this year and were recently recognized for their participation in the 2018 WyFB YF&R “Ag Books for Kids” contests. The 2018 contests included: coloring contest for kindergarten and first grade; poster contest for second and third graders; and a creative writing contest for fourth and fifth graders.
This year county Farm Bureaus across the state donated 678 “Ranching…It’s All About Family” books by Sheridan and Rianna Chaney to Wyoming elementary schools as part of the WyFB Young Farmer & Rancher Committee “Ag Books for Kids” project. The students then had the opportunity to participate in a contest to show what they learned about agriculture.
The state winners in each of the three contests all received a $50 gift card from the Wyoming Farm Bureau and an agriculture book titled “Ranching…It’s All About Family.” The book was signed by the Honorable Governor Matt Mead. The state runner-ups in each of the contests received a $25 gift card from the Wyoming Farm Bureau and an agriculture book.
Throughout the years, nearly 7,300 books have been donated to elementary schools by the county Farm Bureaus. The program’s purpose is to educate children about agriculture and its importance to us all.
The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general agriculture organization. Visit www.wyfb.org.
Pictured is Dawson Hutchings, MVME, and his teancer jenilee Schwartz and her baby. Hutchings was the winner of the state ag coloring contest. COURTESY PHOTO