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Results from the November/December 2020 Farm Journal Story Lead Contest


Last year, the eXtension Foundation launched a monthly story lead contest in partnership with Farm Journal in the Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest subgroup here in Connect Extension. Monthly winners, along with their Extension Directors and Administrators, have the chance to work with Farm Journal to further develop their story and have it published in Farm Journal media. The topic area for the November/December 2020 contest was about the important work Extension is doing to better improve broadband access for farmers and their families, and other residents of rural America.

@Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University, published the winning story lead. His story lead, Oklahoma Rural Libraries Loan Out the Internet, will be further developed with the Farm Journal team and delivered to their readers. Congrats to Brian and Oklahoma State University!

January 2021 Contest

The January 2021 Story Lead Contest has been posted and is due on Monday, February 1st! For January 2021, Farm Journal would like to hear about your innovative work focusing on promoting the adoption of ecosystem service supporting practices and  opportunities for farmers to unlock revenue streams based upon their natural resource stewardship. Examples might include providing support for farmers exploring carbon markets, water markets or credits for forestry management, development of sustainability focused market credentials, or partnerships with state and local governments.. More details about the January contest are available in the Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest subgroup here in Connect Extension. Keep in mind, submissions are just story leads - not full story narratives!

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