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Calling all ninth- to 12th-grade students! You still have time to crank out a 450-word original essay or a two-minute video essay on the importance of agriculture for the Agriculture Council of America’s annual National Ag Day Essay Contest. This year's theme is "American Agriculture: Nourishing Opportunities" and the deadline is Feb. 1, 2013. The written essay and video winners each receive a $1,000 prize and a round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., for recognition during the Celebration of Ag Dinner held March 19 at Whitten Patio at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To learn more, visit