Two Michigan State students win Syngenta essay contest

Michigan State University graduate student Mitch Roth (second from left) and undergraduate student Logan Crumbaugh (second from right) pose with Erin Koglin (far left) and Brian Devine of Syngenta. | Contributed photo

The second annual Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship essay contest awarded two Michigan State University students $7,000 each. 

Mitch Roth won the graduate award and Logan Crumbaugh won in the undergraduate category.

“We are excited to recognize Mitch and Logan, two accomplished scholars and future agricultural leaders, as the contest’s national winners,” Syngenta's senior communications lead Mary Streett DeMers said. “Their passion for improving crop productivity sustainably is apparent in their essays, and we look forward to following their academic and professional successes.”

Applicants had to be in crop-related, accredited agriculture programs, and their essays described their proposed ideas for implementing one of six commitments in The Good Growth Plan, a Syngenta global effort to improve crop productivity and preserve natural resources. 

Roth’s essay focused on implementing education programs to encourage conversation and research. Crumbaugh’s essay focused on stakeholder engagement in delivering on the commitments of The Good Growth Plan within the next four years.

“The future of agriculture is dependent on realizing the six commitments of The Good Growth Plan, and we are happy to have found students with thoughtful, yet practical, ideas for achieving this goal,” Jill Wheeler, Syngenta's head of sustainable productivity in North America, said.

Six other students received $1,000 regional scholarship prizes. The 2016 Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship contest application period and essay topic will be announced in March.

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