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Today is 2017 National Ag Day

It’s no secret that striking sunsets, reflective ponds, and resolute grain bins make for picturesque agricultural scenes. Tana Elliott sure thought so as she snapped a photo of this scenic combination. 

Elliott’s photo went on to win the first annual National Ag Day Photo Contest, an event meant to encourage college students around the nation to celebrate modern agriculture. The contest theme was “Agriculture: Food for Life.” Sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) and Successful Farming magazine (part of Meredith Agrimedia), the contest brought in entries from across the country. 

Photos were reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, and the winner, Tana Elliott, was announced in early February. Elliott’s attractive snapshot featuring an evening view of grain bins in Indiana (shown above) will be used as the official National Ag Day poster for 2017.

“I love photography, and I’m always out finding photo opportunities,” says Elliott. “I really like going out at sunset and seeing what I can find. Grain bins and ponds are always good subjects for photos.”

Elliott is currently in her first year of attending Ivy Tech Community College in Etna Green, Indiana. She is majoring in medical assisting and phlebotomy. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Meredith Agrimedia for winning the contest.

Agriculture has always been a part of Elliott’s life. Between living in the country and having a grandfather who is a farmer and corn dealer, Elliott has had the opportunity to see the importance of agriculture firsthand.

“National Ag Day is a good idea. That’s because, in this day and age, there are many people who need to learn more about farm life,” says Elliott. 

National Ag Day is March 21, 2017, during National Ag Week. Organized by the ACA, National Ag Day festivities will be in Washington, D.C., with additional observations held around the country. Activities scheduled for National Ag Day in Washington, D.C., include a Press Club event to honor essay and photo contest winners, as well as a Taste of Ag Reception. 

The ACA is a not-for-profit organization designed to increase public awareness of agriculture. Its primary focus is on conducting the National Ag Day program. The organization is made up of leaders in the agriculture, food, and fiber communities. It was started in 1973, when it launched the first National Ag Day program. 

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