Mexico Cattle Growers Association and New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc.
Day Essay Contest
across the New Mexico are invited to enter the Earth Day essay and video
contest, sponsored by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) and New
Mexico Wool Growers, Inc. (NMWGI) This year’s theme is “Agriculture:
Food for Life. How Does New Mexico Lead the Way?” NMCGA and NMWGI
encourages students to describe how New Mexico
agriculture impacts their daily life and how it will feed the world with
the growing population.
We encourage all entrants to support their
position with facts. As you prepare your entry, consider how you might
draw on, or examine, some of the following trends:
Global population is projected to reach 9 billion people by 2050
Increasing global consumer interest in how food is produced and processed
Popularity and growth of high protein diets featuring plant-based protein
Health and fitness driving consumer food buying habits
Influence of technology and biotechnology on food production, such as precision
agriculture, drones and GMOs (genetically-modified organisms)
There’s a shortfall of students entering agriculture, versus the number of job
openings. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that more than
20,000 agriculture jobs are left unfilled annually.
Each American farmer feeds more than 165 people; a dramatic increase from
25 people in the 1960s.