American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is holding a national pea-growing contest for youth organizations and classrooms.

The contest celebrates AFBF’s 2016 Book of the Year, “First Peas to the Table,” by Susan Grigsby. The winning team will receive a visit from Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields.

The goal is to be the student team that grows the greater amount of shelled peas, measured in cups, using no more than 20 pea seeds during the official contest period, which runs Feb. 20 to May 15. Entries must be submitted no later than midnight May 15.

The contest is open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. An entering team may include one or more students. Each student or student team must contact AFBF through an adult representative age 21 or older.

No planting may be done until Feb. 20. Peas may be grown in any manner, including in a hot house, hoop house, indoor pot or planter or outside garden. Plant garden shelling peas, often called English peas, not snow peas or snap peas. Peas must be shelled before measuring.

Each team may use no more than 20 pea seeds. Larger groups could divide into smaller teams of 20 or less so that everyone may participate.

Forms are submitted electronically. Entrants must submit a photo of their completed pea log and a photo of their shelled pea harvest being measured. Entrants are encouraged to send in a group photo of the team members, but a written photo release for each recognizable person in a submitted photo is required.

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