Contest asks farmers to show who they are

August 6th, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

In response to numerous online videos that display animal agriculture in a negative light, the “Because I Care” video contest, coordinated by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Center for Food and Animal Issues, is encouraging farmers, ranchers and others to develop and submit their own videos that portray a positive and informative message about livestock farming.

“We typically hear that there are too many negative images about animal agriculture on the Internet, and that more positive images are needed,” said David White, OFBF’s senior director of issues management and the Animals for Life Foundation. “This contest now allows individuals, county Farm Bureaus and agricultural youth organizations (4-H, FFA or Farm Bureau) to be proactive and share their messages directly with the public.”

Contestants are asked to submit a 90-second to 120-second video of themselves and/or their organization showcasing how they best care for their animals.

Videos can be in one of three categories:

• Individual

• County Farm Bureau

• Youth Organization (4-H, FFA, or Farm Bureau)

Contestants must also post their videos to YouTube.com. Finalists will be awarded a $500 pre-paid gift card and be eligible for the $1,000 grand prize gift card. The grand-prize winner will be selected by an online public vote.

Contestants may submit multiple videos, but only one video per contestant may be named a finalist.

The deadline to submit videos is Sept. 24.

For complete rules and details visit the contest page at http://bit.ly/BecauseICare.

For more information, or to join, visit www.GrowWithFB.org.

Need a video camera?

Each of Ohio Farm Bureau's organization directors have been provided with a flip video camera for use in their region of the state. Go to http://www.ofbf.org/counties to contact your county Farm Bureau for details on how to secure the use of one of these cameras for your contest entry.

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots organization of more than 235,000 member families.OFBF can also be found at www.facebook.com/OhioFarmBureau and www.twitter.com/OhioFarmBureau.
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