Daniella Warner, a fifth grade student from Independence, is the statewide winner of the Ag in the Classroom essay contest. Wisconsin fourth and fifth graders were asked to write a 100 to 300 word essay with the theme, "Why crops and plants are important to Wisconsin agriculture."
Daniella is the daughter of Pata and Mike Warner. Amy Kulig is her fifth grade teacher at St. Peter and Paul School.
A total of 1,831 Wisconsin students wrote essays for the competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Frontier FS and We Energies.
The finalist from each of Wisconsin Farm Bureau's nine districts across the state will receive a certificate, educational resources for their teacher and a classroom presentation about Wisconsin agriculture. This year's finalists include:
Emily Gehring, Rossman Elementary School, Hartford, Washington County (District 1)
Isabella Howard, Clinton Middle School, Rock County (District 2)
McKenna Bowers, Mineral Point Elementary School, Iowa County (District 3)
Daniella Warner, St. Peter and Paul School, Independence, Trempealeau County (District 4)
Madie Podoll, Tri County Elementary School, Plainfield, Waushara County (District 5)
Cole Booth, Fairview Elementary School, Plymouth, Sheboygan County (District 6)
Andrea Spang, Oconto Falls Elementary School, Oconto County (District 7)
Cortney Zimmerman, Spencer Elementary School, Marathon County (District 8)
Halli Martin, Plum City Elementary School, Pierce County (District 9)
The Winning Essay:
Why Crops and Plants are Iimportant to Wisconsin Agriculture…
By Daniella Warner
St. Peter and Paul School, Independence
I was born in Wisconsin and up until now I did not realize how important agriculture is to our state. I always heard about Wisconsin being a "Dairy State" but now I know how important many other crops are to the state as well.
Let's just jump right into it…Corn is the most important crop in Wisconsin and a big part of the corn that is planted is used to feed hogs and cows raised right here.
Other crops that are also planted here such as soybeans, potatoes and cranberries are all important for Wisconsin's agricultural health. Wisconsin is a leading producer of potatoes, soybeans and cranberries. I am so proud that Wisconsin is number one in the United States in production of cranberries. My favorite fruits are strawberries and apples and I am also very proud to say that Wisconsin is also one of the leading producers as well.
Many farms in Wisconsin are producing snap beans, beets, cabbage, sweet corn, cucumbers, lima beans and green peas and almost all these crops to go Wisconsin canneries. In addition, wheat, tobacco, oats and soybeans are field crops produced in our beautiful state.
All the things that I wrote about are very important to Wisconsin because we grow them right here, we eat them or we feed them to animals we raise. Writing this essay has taught me that Wisconsin is a leader in production of many crops as well as being a Dairy State. I am very proud of the hard working farm families that make our state a leading producer of these crops.
Source: Wisconsin Farm Bureau