Since 1985, Senator Richard Lugar and Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. have joined forces to sponsor a youth essay contest for eighth grade students. The topic always focuses attention on the importance of Indiana agriculture while increasing the awareness of young Hoosiers about the significance of Indiana agriculture.
One male and one female winner are selected by their county Farm Bureau, Inc. organization that goes on to compete at the district level. State winners are selected from those who win at the district level. District winners receive $50 savings bonds and state winners receive an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.