Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles presented awards to the winners of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA’s) 2017 Poster and Essay Contest on Friday, June 16, 2017, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, home of the Lexington Legends minor league baseball team.

Hundreds of students from throughout the Commonwealth submitted posters, essays, and digital images based on the theme “Kentucky Farmers Feed the Hungry.”

“The students did an outstanding job of demonstrating how Kentucky farmers are doing their part to help their fellow Kentuckians in need,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This contest, in conjunction with the Hunger Initiative that we launched a year ago, raised awareness of the scope of the hunger problem in Kentucky and the need to find solutions. We are grateful to each and every student who participated in this year’s contest.”

Statewide winners in the poster and essay divisions were honored in each of grades K-12, and one statewide winner in digital media was recognized. Each winner received a $100 check from Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom (KAEC) and tickets to the Legends game against the Hagerstown (Md.) Suns.

Owensboro Essay Contest Winners recognized were:

  • Kate Hayden

    Kate Hayden of Owensboro. Honored by, from left, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles; Tod Griffin, executive director of the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky; and Miss Kentucky 2016 Laura Jones as the fourth-grade essay winner in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest. (Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo)

  • Lexi Hayden

    Lexi Hayden of Owensboro. Honored by, from left, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles; Tod Griffin, executive director of the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky; and Miss Kentucky 2016 Laura Jones as the sixth-grade essay winner in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest. (Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo)

Poster Contest Winners recognized were:

  • Sarah Caldbeck

    Sarah Caldbeck of Daviess County. Honored by, from left, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles; Tod Griffin, executive director of the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky; and Miss Kentucky 2016 Laura Jones as the 11th-grade poster winner in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest. (Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo)

  • Benjamin Caldbeck

    Benjamin Caldbeck of Daviess County. Honored by, from left, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles; Tod Griffin, executive director of the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky; and Miss Kentucky 2016 Laura Jones as the second-grade poster winner in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest. (Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo)