Youth Development & Agricultural Education
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The Townsend Communication in Agriculture Program is an endowed effort of the Purdue University College of Agriculture and the College of Health and Human Sciences. Established by the Wayne Townsend family, the program is designed to build professional communication skills among undergraduate students in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences. The program also offers educational resources to staff and faculty to integrate communication concepts in coursework and extracurricular activities.

Student Communication Competitions

Never has the need been greater for effective, science-based communication about food, agricultural, and environmental issues, which are in the news almost daily. Concise, accurate information serves industry and society, and professional opportunities abound for skilled communicators. Recognizing this demand, the Purdue College of Agriculture offers two student competitions focused on writing and presentational speaking. The competitions have the following goals:

  • To help students build their professional writing and speaking skills;
  • To showcase students' communication skills; and
  • To recognize and reward excellence in communication about food, agriculture and the environment.


Writing Competition Presentational Speaking Competition
1st Place: $2,500 Scholarship 1st Place: $2,500 Scholarship
2nd Place: $1,500 Scholarship 2nd Place: $1,500 Scholarship
3rd Place: $750 Scholarship 3rd Place: $750 Scholarship

2016 Winning Entries

2017 Winning Entries

Instructions and Deadlines

  • The application deadline for both contests is Monday April 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m.


For more information about the Townsend Communication in Agriculture Program:

Dr. Mark Tucker
Professor, YDAE