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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 as they relate to their field of expertise.

Student Communication Competitions

Today's agriculture industry needs professionals with strong writing and speaking skills. Especially important is the ability to communicate with the public about food, agricultural and environmental issues.

Recognizing this need, the Purdue College of Agriculture offers two student competitions focused on writing and presentational speaking. The competitions have the following goals:


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

2014 Winning Entries

2015 Winning Entries

Instructions and Deadlines


Contact for more information about the Townsend Communication in Agriculture Program:

Dr. Mark Tucker
Professor, YDAE