Photo contest to raise agriculture awareness
By Robin Scott
The Texas panhandle offers views that are difficult to surpass. Rolling plains, kaleidoscope sunsets and crystal clear blue skies are just a few of the qualities that make the High Plains spectacular. Another steadfast feature of the area is the numerous farms that are not only a staple to the economy, but are the framework that hold the canvas of the beautiful scenery.
The Hand That Feeds U.S. (THTFU) is an “educational resource for urban media on the importance of U.S. agriculture to the security and future of the country,” according to its website. The organization is based out of Washington D.C. and states, “The project will provide information relevant to our nation’s farming industry, while also seeking to combat the current misinformation campaigns about food prices and renewable fuels.”
To meet their goals, THTFU is offering an opportunity for area residents to promote the Ag business, and perhaps win a bit of prize money in the process. THTFU is sponsoring an agricultural photo contest that began on Monday, March 15th and runs through June 4th. Anyone with a camera and an eye for pictures is asked to submit their best farming photo to the contest.
Pamela Yoder, Yoder Land & Cattle, who represents Texas Corn and who is working with THTFU noted, “The contest is designed to promote agriculture and improve the image of the Ag business and inform urban America of who farmers are and what we do.”
Photos selected by THTFU as the best representation of farming will be used on the organization’s website. The winners of first, second and third places will receive prize money for their submissions. The top 30 winners will have their photo featured on the THTFU website.
In the Dallam and Hartley County area, photo opportunities abound for the contest. Whether a cow meandering across a pasture, a barn nuzzled between cornfields or a farmer on a tractor driving right down Highway 87 through Dalhart, agriculture surrounds everyone in the uppermost northeast corner of Texas. Participants need not be a professional photographer. THTFU wants to see real farmers and real farmland so that the rest of America will understand just how hard those in farming work to feed America.
For more information about The Hand That Feeds U.S. and to submit photo entries for the contest, visit www.thehandthatfeedsus.org.