Youth Development & Agricultural Education

Instructions and Rules

Townsend Outstanding Communicator in Agriculture Competition
(Presentational Speaking)

Entry Preparation

  • Entries may be produced in a format of the student's choice, including a video, a narrated photo slideshow or a narrated PowerPoint presentation. The student should have played the primary role in the creative aspects of the production. All narration should have been performed by the student.
  • The entry must include a "References" slide (see example slide), or segment at the end that includes at least two references on which facts in the presentation are based. References should be formatted according to APA style. More information about APA style.
  • To participate in the competition, students must complete the online entry form by Monday April 17 by 5:00 p.m. The entry form requests information about you and your submission, including production details and your overall role in the creating the submission. The presentation should be saved to a thumb drive and/or sent as a YouTube link then submitted to Elizabeth Byers, ebyers@purdue.edu, in AGAD 229 by 5:00 pm Monday April 17. A confirmation email will be sent once the thumb drive is received and/or the link is tested.
  • Examples of websites/programs which can be used to create your presentation:
  • Time limit for presentation is minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 minutes.
  • Photographs and other graphics help build audience interest in your presentation. When using such images, it's important to make sure they are yours, you have permission to use them or they are in the public domain, which means they can be used freely by anyone. For more information on finding and using photos for your presentation

Entry Rules

  • The Townsend Outstanding Communicator in Agriculture Competition is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing in the Purdue University College of Agriculture.
  • The top three contestants will receive a cash award from the Townsend Communication in Agriculture Program. Judges will use this rubric when evaluating student entries.
  • Submitted presentations should be original work developed by the student.
  • Submissions must be produced for non-expert audiences, such as consumers, farmers, students or other lay audiences.
  • Submissions must include only those images which the student owns, has permission to use or are in the public domain.
  • At least two references must be used and cited at the end of the presentation. Format references according to APA style.
  • There is no entry fee; one entry is allowed per student.
  • Students must work individually; team entries are not allowed.
  • Purdue University College of Agriculture undergraduate students are permitted to submit a single entry in both Townsend communication competitions.
  • Students must enter their Purdue Career Account Login when prompted and complete the Townsend Outstanding Communicator in Agriculture Competition Entry Form before 5:00 pm Monday April 17, 2017.
  • The presentation should be saved to a flash drive and/or sent as a YouTube link then submitted to Elizabeth Byers, ebyers@purdue.edu, in AGAD 229 by 5:00 pm Monday April 17.
  • Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Submissions will be reviewed and judged according to the following criteria: Topic, organization/clarity, completeness, grammar/vocabulary, credibility, documentation, visual elements, and delivery.
  • To avoid disqualification, submissions must conform to the instructions and rules.
  • Winners and their winning entries may be featured on the Townsend Communication in Agriculture Program website and featured in College of Agriculture curricula and publications.

Competition Supervisor and Contact:

Dr. Mark Tucker, matucker@purdue.edu, 765-494-8439