The application period for the second annual Syngenta Drive to Thrive contest is now open. The contest asks growers and other industry professionals to describe how agriculture makes their communities thrive. In exchange, the 10 best entries will each receive a mini touch-screen tablet and leather case. From those finalists, one grand prizewinner will receive a $500 gas card, plus Syngenta will make a $1,000 donation in his or her name to a local charity or civic organization.

“Agriculture is the engine that drives so many communities across the U.S. to succeed,” said Wendell Calhoun, communications manager at Syngenta. “The Drive to Thrive contest gives us a chance to reward and recognize a few individuals whose talents and hard work make U.S. agriculture the leader in feeding, fueling and clothing the world.”

The process to participate is simple:

  • Click on the easy-to-use online entry form.
  • In about 200 words, describe how agriculture makes your community thrive.
  • Then, upload a photograph or video that visually supports your written entry.

The deadline for entering is June 1, 2015. Shortly after this date, a panel of judges will choose 10 finalists. Syngenta will then post all finalists’ entries on the Thrive website and ask visitors to help choose the grand prizewinner by voting for their favorite. These votes, along with the judges’ scores, will determine the winner. Online voting ends Sept. 1, 2015, with Syngenta announcing the grand prizewinner in October.

Syngenta kicked off the Drive to Thrive contest in 2014, when the company invited participants to describe what drove their farms or agribusinesses to succeed. Jim Cuddeback, a grower from Washington, Iowa, was the grand prizewinner.

To apply or learn more about the Drive to Thrive contest, visit Follow Syngenta on Twitter (@SyngentaUS) and Facebook (