Shop Hacks Contest Official Rules
Void outside the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States and the District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not a farmer and a legal resident of, and located within, the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry, and have Internet access and photo and video uploading capability at the time of entry. A farmer is defined as either an owner of a farm or employed on a farm of minimum size of 80 acres OR a combination of 20 cows, hogs, sheep, or goats. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this contest.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
CONTEST PERIOD: The Shop Hacks: Stock the Shop Contest (“Contest”) begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET") on 11/1/22 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 1/31/23 (“Contest Period”). The Contest Period consists of the “Entry Period” beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on 11/1/22 and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on 1/31/23, the “Judging Period” starting on 2/1/23 and ending on 3/31/23, the “Public Voting Phase” beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on 4/1/23 and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on 4/30/23, and the second “Judging Period” starting on 5/1/23 and ending on 5/15/23.
SPONSOR: Dotdash Media Inc., 28 Liberty Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10005 (“Sponsor”).
HOW TO ENTER: There are two (2) way to enter.
During the Entry Period, visit www.agriculture.com/shophacks and follow the provided instructions to complete the registration form and submit one (1) shop hack describing your shop hack and a photo and/or video showing your idea and submit to enter (collectively, the “Entry”). A ‘Shop Hack’ is defined as an improvised repair, a homemade tool, innovations that make repairing and maintaining farm equipment easier, faster, and safer. Shop Hacks must be original and created by farmers; related to shop or service-truck work or getting repair and maintenance tasks done around the farmstead or in the field. The ‘Shop Hack’ must be able to be duplicated or a repair concept. There is no cost to enter. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subvert the entry process will be void. All Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on 1/31/23 to be eligible.
Method #2: Mail-in Entry
Mail-in your submission; including your complete name, mailing address, daytime phone number, email address, one (1) shop hack describing your shop hack and a photo and/or video showing your idea to: Successful Farming, Shop Hacks Contest, 1716 Locust Street, LS 257 Des Moines, IA 50309. Each postcard must be mailed separately and must be postmarked by 1/31/23, and received by 2/4/23 (the "Mail-in Entry"). Photocopied, illegible, or mechanically reproduced entries are not eligible. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, damaged, misdirected or postage-due mailed entries.
Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to: (i) verify any element of any entry, related materials or entrant’s eligibility; (ii) to request additional information; and (iii) to disqualify any entrant whose entry does not comply with the Official Rules of the Sweepstakes and/or whose participation may subject the Sweepstakes, Sponsor or Sponsor's advertisers, clients, or customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn, or ridicule. By entering this Sweepstakes, you agree to provide any documentation or information deemed necessary by, and in a form acceptable to, Sponsor to satisfy the above requirement if asked by Sponsor to do so.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Entries may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that:
- is sexually explicit or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; contains nudity;
- promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous;
- promotes any particular political agenda or message;
- is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group;
- defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
- contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others;
- contains any personal identification, such as personal names, license plate numbers, street addresses or e-mail addresses;
- contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media);
- contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, without permission;
- contains any individual other than the entrant and his/her rescue dog;
- communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which Sponsor wishes to associate; and/or
- violates any law.
Entry must be the original work of the entrant, may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If the Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void. By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein.
By submitting an Entry, entrant hereby grants permission for the Entry to be posted on Sponsor websites and/or social media pages. Entrant agrees that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Entries by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any Entry and reserve the right to remove any posted Entry for any reason and at any time.
By submitting your Entry, you agree that your Entry conforms to these Official Rules and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may disqualify your Entry for any reason, including if it determines, in its sole discretion, that your Entry fails to conform to these Official Rules in any way or otherwise contains unacceptable content as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.
Entering the Contest will automatically register entrant at www.agriculture.com if entrant has not already registered. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subvert the entry process will be void.
ENTRY LIMIT: Each participant may only participate using one (1) ‘Shop Hack’ and is therefore limited to one (1) Entry throughout the Entry Period, regardless of method of entry. Any attempt by a participant, or any other person, to participate more than one (1) time using more than one ‘Shop Hack’ may result in disqualification by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.
ELIGIBILITY: This Contest is open only to farmers who are legal residents of the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years of age or older with Internet access and photo and video uploading capability. A farmer is defined as either an owner of a farm or employed on a farm of minimum size of 80 acres OR a combination of 20 cows, hogs, sheep, or goats. Employees of Sponsor, Deere & Company, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (regardless of where they reside) or household members, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” shall mean spouses, parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, and their respective spouses. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year.
JUDGING ROUND 1 AND SEMI-FINALIST SELECTION: All eligible Entries received by Sponsor will be judged by a panel of qualified judges based on the following criteria: 25% originality of the idea, 25% creativity of the idea, 50% Impact the idea has on making shop and field repairs and maintenance easier, faster, and safer. The sixteen (16) entries with the highest total score will be deemed potential semi-finalists and proceed to the voting phase outlined below, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. In the event of a tie, an additional, “tie-breaking” judge will determine the semi-finalist(s) based on the criteria listed herein. Potential semi-finalists will be notified via email and may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, License of Work and Release of Liability/Publicity within five (5) days of date of notification, or a shorter time if required by exigencies, or a runner-up may be selected. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, Sponsor is unable to contact any potential semi-finalist or any potential semi-finalist is not in compliance with these Official Rules, semi-finalist status may be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, a runner-up may be selected as a semi-finalist. Additionally, potential semi-finalists may be subject to a background check before being confirmed as a semi-finalist. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify a potential winner based on the results of such background check if Sponsor determines in its sole discretion that selecting such potential semi-finalist might reflect negatively on the Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to advance fewer than sixteen (16) semi-finalists to the voting phase if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries and/or it is unable to confirm sixteen (16) entries prior to the start of the Public Voting Phase.
PUBLIC VOTING PHASE: Sponsor will turn each semi-finalists ‘Shop Hack’ entry into a video. The video for each confirmed semi-finalist entry will be posted on www.agriculture.com/shophacks for voting beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on 4/1/23 and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on 4/12/23 (the “Semi-Finalist Public Voting Phase”). The semi-finalist videos will be matched up against one another in a head to head bracket style voting format. Each head to head matchup will be determined by Sponsor, in their sole discretion. At the conclusion of the Semi-Finalist Public Voting Phase, the eight (8) semi-finalist videos with the most votes in their head to head voting matchup will be deemed finalists and proceed to the Finalist Public Voting Phase (as defined below).
The Sponsor-prepared video for each finalist entry will be posted on www.agriculture.com/shophacks for voting beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on 4/15/23 and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on 4/30/23 (the “Finalist Public Voting Phase”). Similar to the Semi-Finalist Public Voting Phase, the finalist videos will be matched up against one another in a head to head bracket style voting format. At the conclusion of the Finalist Public Voting Phase, the four (4) finalist videos receiving the highest number of votes in their head to head voting matchup will proceed to Judging Round 2 outlined below.
There will be a limit of one (1) vote per person per day. For purposes of these Official Rules, a ‘day’ is defined as any twenty-four (24) hour period. Votes received from any person or email address in excess of the above-stated limitation will be void. In the event of a tie, a qualified panel of judges will determine the winners in question from among the tied entries based on the “quality of photo/media provided” criterion specified above. Semi-finalists and finalists are prohibited from obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public and/or using any websites or online forums designed to induce individuals or provide other incentives to vote for their submission, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. All votes are subject to final verification by Sponsor. Use of script, macro or other automated system to vote or with the intent to impair the integrity of the voting process is prohibited and all such votes will be void. Decisions of judges are final and binding in all respects. All results are unofficial until verified by Sponsor.
JUDGING ROUND 2 AND WINNER SELECTION: All four (4) eligible finalist submissions will then be judged to select one (1) potential winner by a separate panel of qualified judges based on the following criteria: 25% originality of the idea, 25% creativity of the idea, 50% Impact the idea has on making shop and field repairs and maintenance easier, faster, and safer. The one (1) finalist entry with the highest total score will be deemed the potential winner, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. In the event of a tie, an additional, “tie-breaking” judge will determine the winner based on the criteria listed herein. Potential winner will be notified via email and will be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, IRS W9 form, and Release of Liability/Publicity within ten (10) days of date of notification, or a shorter time if required by exigencies, or a runner-up may be selected. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, Sponsor is unable to contact the potential winner or potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, winner status may be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, a runner-up may be selected as the potential winner.
WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential winner will be notified via email and will be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, IRS W9 form, and Release of Liability/Publicity within ten (10) days of date of notification or a runner-up may be selected. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact any potential winner or any potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, a runner-up may be selected for the applicable prize.
PRIZE (1): One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 John Deere Gift card to build their own prize package of John Deere Tools. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $10,000.
Winner may not substitute, assign or transfer prize or redeem prize for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Winner is responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes, if any, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Released Parties (as defined below) disclaim all and any liability for the actual provision, quality or nature of any third-party product or service accepted by the winners. The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules.
OWNERSHIP/USE OF ENTRIES: By submitting an Entry, each entrant agrees Sponsor shall own the Entry submitted (including the copyright thereto and all rights embodied therein) and that it and its designees may exploit, edit, modify, and distribute the Entry and all elements of such Entry, including, without limitation, the photo and names and likenesses of any persons or locations embodied therein, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third party.
ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, participant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at a AAA regional office in New York, NY; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages including attorney’s fees or any other damages, other than for participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Contest), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
RELEASES: By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to release Sponsor, Deere & Company, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Contest and/or acceptance or use of any prize.
MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, undelivered, garbled or misdirected entries or registrations; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prize, or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to participants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the web site or otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this Contest if the Contest is compromised by virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention, or any other causes which, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, proper play or integrity of the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it believes has tampered with the entry process. In the event of cancellation or termination, Sponsor reserves the right to select the winners using the judging and voting processes from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to date of cancellation or termination. In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail account associated with the entry and he/she must comply with these Official Rules. The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES (AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Except where prohibited by law, entry constitutes permission to use each entrant's name, hometown (city and state), voice, biographical information, likeness, photograph and any statements regarding this Contest in all media now known or hereafter discovered, for any purpose, including without limitation, in connection with, and to promote, market or advertise, the Contest, in whole or in part, without review, approval, credit or attribution, notification or payment from or to entrant or any person or entity, worldwide, in perpetuity, or on a winner’s list, if applicable. Contest is subject to all applicable U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Prize winners will be issued an IRS 1099-MISC tax form in the amount of the prize retail value as stated herein.
WINNER’S NAME: The name of the winner will be posted on or about 5/30/23 at http://www.agriculture.com/shophacks until 6/30/23.