Michael Boden, head of the Syngenta Southern Field Crops business unit said of the contest, “We are thrilled with the responses we received for the third year of competition in the Future of Southern Ag student essay contest. Once again, the essay pool was filled with exceptional submissions, which resulted in a very tight competition.

 ”As a company, Syngenta knows that one of the greatest investments we can make is in those who will bring new ideas and innovations to the industry. And, awarding scholarships to gifted students like Andrew Gascho Landis, Jarrod Hardke, Matthew Turner and Sara Kovachich reminds me that we have some very talented future leaders in our midst. We’re pleased that we can support these students and, in turn, encourage them as they pursue various agricultural related careers.”

To view the winning essays, go to www.FutureofSouthernAg.com and click “View the Complete List of 2010 Winners.” Please, take a few minutes to read the students’ work. Each of the four winners will be profiled in depth in an upcoming issue.

This year’s contest received a record 71 entries, and competition was the toughest yet. So much so, that additional students are worthy of recognition for their excellent efforts. In the graduate category, they include: Mark Swapp, Texas A&M University; Cody John Silverberg, Texas Tech University; Erica Petre, North Carolina State University; and Leah Harris, Virginia Tech.