Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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September 17, 2012

Soil Conservation District to host student poster contest

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County Soil Conservation District (SCD) will be sponsoring a Soil and Water Stewardship Poster Contest for all students in Cumberland County for kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The theme for this year’s contest is “Soil to Spoon.” The theme encourages citizens, schools and communities to think about where our food comes from and how important soil is to food production.

When you see the vast varieties of food available in the grocery store, do you ever stop to think about how it is produced? More than likely, very few people truly understand the importance of soil to food production. Although most people do not know it, soil helps provide most of the food that humans consume.

Soil contains food, water and air that are needed by plants to grow. The healthier the soil, the more nutrients a plant can soak up. So the healthier the plant, the better it is for humans and animals to eat. Therefore the quality of the soil ultimately affects the health of people and animals. Through this contest, students can express their ideas about the importance of soil and where their food comes from through their art.

The grade categories for the contest are K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Winners in the local contest will receive cash prizes and certificates. The first place winners in each category will be entered in the state poster contest, which is sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts (TACD).

The poster contest rules have been distributed to all private and public schools in Cumberland County. However, information and contest rules can also be picked from the SCD Office located at 314 Old Jamestown Highway (next to the U.S. Post Office) or call 931-484-5442, Ext. 3. The local poster contest deadline is October 4, 2012.

For many years we have been fortunate to have at least one winner from Cumberland County in the TACD State Contest and we hope to continue this tradition!

All programs and services of the Cumberland County Soil Conservation District (SCD) are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, or handicap.

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