The Fort Loramie FFA Chapter in Shelby County has been named the $1,000 “People’s Choice” Grand Prize winner in the “Because I Care” video contest, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Center for Food and Animal Issues.
To qualify for the contest, Ohio farmers, county Farm Bureaus, youth agricultural organizations and other farm-related groups were required to submit a 90- to 120-second video containing positive and informative messages about livestock farming. Videos were required to be submitted to the contest site and to YouTube.com.
The winning video, titled “FL Ag Ed ‘Because I Care’,” stars Fort Loramie FFA students in various roles important to agriculture, including a dairy and hog farmer, nutrient management specialist, food scientist, a consumer who supports local foods and a veterinarian. The students describe the critical value of care in each role, from proper animal treatment and well-being to sound environmental practices to disease prevention and food safety.
The FFA chapter was declared the contest winner after a 17-day online public vote among seven other finalists. It will receive a $1,000 pre-paid gift card for winning the contest, along with a $500 pre-paid gift card, which was awarded to all eight finalists. Nearly 5,000 votes were tallied throughout the contest.
“Fort Loramie should be very proud of the next generation of farmers in the community. They understand the importance of reaching out and connecting with the nonfarming public in new, creative and influential ways,” said David White, OFBF senior director of issues management and the Animals for Life Foundation. “All the videos in the contest will continue to contribute greatly to telling the positive stories of animal agriculture in the online and social media environment by being posted on YouTube, which has become the Internet’s second-largest search engine.”