(Posted Mon. Sep 10th, 2012)
Sept. 10: As the entry deadline nears for the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Rocks video contest, FFA Advisor Alaina Holdgrafer has what it takes to help Mediapolis, Iowa, high school students give their take on the advantages of corn ethanol. She is now the proud owner of an NCGA backpack filled with goodies, including a Sony HandyCam, and a lot of information about ethanol, which she won recently at the Farm Progress Show.
“Promoting the Ethanol Rocks video contest at Farm Progress was a great way for NCGA to interest high school and college students in taking part in supporting America’s leading source of domestic renewable fuel,” said Chad Willis, chairman of NCGA’s Ethanol Committee. “The drawing for the video camera, literature on the benefits of ethanol, along with presentations by the Iowa Corn Growers Association, turned Iowa Corn’s booth into the one-stop-shop for information on corn grower contributions to our economy.”
Ms. Holdgrafer was delighted to learn of her windfall. Now that the tools to do so are available, she said she is confident that her students will want to take part in the contest. A graduate of Iowa State in Animal Science and Agricultural Education, Holdgrafer is starting her fourth year as an FFA advisor.
The deadline for the Ethanol Rocks Video Contest is 5 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 15. NCGA is looking for short videos (2 minutes or less) from active high school and college students that highlight the benefits of ethanol fuel blends to the U.S. environment and economy. One first-place contest winner will receive $1,500 and one $500 second place award will be given – each at two levels, for high school and college.