Students Vie for Prizes in Video Contest Promoting Soybeans and Wisconsin Agriculture

Madison, Wisconsin, May 4, 2016—#Spill the Beans, an exciting new video contest opportunity encourages Wisconsin youth to create videos that share the importance of soybeans with urban, non-agriculture consumers. The contest is open to 4-H and FFA members who are currently (as of January 1, 2016) in grades 3 to 13 of the program year.

The short videos—two minutes or less—will highlight the importance of soybeans in 4-H and FFA students’ livestock fair projects and in their everyday lives. Not only will winners in each category receive cash prizes, they also will be recognized at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair where their videos will be played.

All it takes for qualified students to enter is a smartphone, video camera or tablet that allows them to create a short video in which they share their agriculture stories. First prize in each category is $300. Second-place prizes of $150 will be awarded in each category, as will third-place prizes of $75. In addition, four urban youth will get the chance to spend a day on the farm with the contest winners.

Students will compete in four video categories, based on their ages as of January 1, 2016. Those in grades 3 to 6 can talk about their livestock and what they have learned. Older youth, grades 7 to 13, have two choices: They can talk about soybeans and their nutritional importance for livestock, or share their own livestock or crop experiences in 4-H/FFA and how those experiences may influence their future career choices.  The fourth video category, Video Production Awards, is open to all competitors in grades 3 to 13 and will be awarded to the video with the highest production quality.

Sponsors of the Spill the Beans Video Contest include Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, Wisconsin Beef Council, Wisconsin Pork Association, Pam Jahnke—The Fabulous Farm Babe, UW-Extension 4-H/Wisconsin FFA, UW-Madison Department of Animal Sciences and Wisconsin State Fair.

It’s time to #Spillthebeans about Wisconsin agriculture. The contest deadline is July 8, 2016.  Video entries may be submitted via YouTube, Dropbox or Google Drive, or mailed on a flash drive or DVD.  To find complete instructions for entering Spill the Beans Video Contest or to request an entry form, visit www.wisoybean.org or http://fyi.uwex.edu/youthlivestock/spillthebeans-video-contest/.