Category I: Audrey Hoien is a seventh grade student from Atkins, Arkansas, and the winner of the 2021 AFGC youth essay contest, sixth to ninth grade division. Read her essay, "The grazing puzzle."

Category II: Matea Gordon is a student from Whitewood, South Dakota, and the winner of the 2021 AFGC youth essay contest, 10th to 12th grade division. Read her essay, "Fire – Fear not! A tool to enhance our rangelands."

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