Animal Agriculture Alliance, a
national non-profit organization working to educate the public about the
important role that animal agriculture plays in feeding a hungry world, and the
American National CattleWomen, Inc. are excited to invite you to participate in
the second annual College
Aggies Online (CA0) competition.
As you know, it is important that stakeholders involved in
production agriculture take proactive steps to tell the industry’s true story.
Today’s farmers and ranchers make it possible for Americans to enjoy the
safest, most affordable and most abundant food supply in the world. Too often,
activists are the ones telling the story – a misleading story – about how farm
animals are raised and food is produced. These radical groups are
well-organized, well-funded, and dedicated to eliminating the entire animal agriculture
industry. The threats are real and the potential impact is enormous.
The next generation of farmers and ranchers must speak out! CAO
will equip you with the tools to be confident agriculture advocates
and will connect you with other young people who are active in agricultural
organizations around the country. Participants will be provided
science-based resources to more effectively utilize social media tools like
Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter to provide accurate information about food
production. CAO represents a valuable opportunity that will help you better understand the challenges facing agriculture.
The competition kicks off on September 1. Students
who participate in CAO will compete to earn points for themselves and for Alpha Zeta by taking part in activities on CAO’s private online
forum, accessible at http://aggiesonline.ning.com.
Participants will be able to create personalized member profiles and will
receive points for uploading agriculture-related photos and videos or by
participating in discussion forums. Scores will be tallied in April 2011 to
determine the winner at the end of the competition.
The winning student group will receive a $750
grant, national recognition, and a trip for one representative to Washington, D.C. for
the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s annual
Additional recognition and prizes will be awarded to the runner-up in the club
competition and to the two top-placing individual competitors. (The Western
Kentucky University Block and Bridle Club took home top honors at the inaugural
Last year, more than 350 CAO participants from 50
universities across the U.S.
promoted agriculture’s true story by sharing more than 3,000 photos on the
network and authoring 100 blog posts. Members also advocated for agriculture in
their communities by writing letters to the editor of local news outlets and by
participating in other outreach activities.
CAO needs your help!
The competition is set to begin on September 1, 2010.
They need your help in promoting the program to other agriculture student and organization leaders who have a keen
interest in communicating about agriculture to the public. Feel free to visit
the network at http://aggiesonline.ning.com to get
Help CAO continue this program to get
young agriculturalists more involved in promoting and educating the public
about animal agriculture and its importance.
Additional program materials:
About the Program How to Get Started