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September 2020 Farm Journal Story Lead Contest: How Are You Bringing People in Your Local Communities Closer to Farmers and U.S. Agriculture?


For this month’s Cooperative Extension feature, Farm Journal’s Trust In Food seeks your stories about helping bring people in your local communities closer to farmers and U.S. agriculture. Amid COVID-19, many companies are reporting they will redouble efforts related to mitigating climate change, lowering environmental impact & helping consumers make sustainability-conscious purchasing decisions. What are you doing to help local consumers & farmers connect and better understand the environmental and health/nutrition-related impact of food produced by U.S. farmers?

Are you ready to pitch your story for a national audience? Post your submission in Connect Extension by noon Eastern time on Friday, September 25th. Your story could be selected for a Farm Journal editor to write up and publish at, the No. 1 U.S. ag news site by traffic. Check out the story by Farm Journal on the June 2020 contest winner here

To submit a story lead and learn more about the September contest, join the Farm Journal Monthly Story Lead Contest subgroup here.

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