Agricultural Innovation Prize - $215,000 for students to change the food system

Recipient of a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award. One of eight colleges across the country to receive an "A" on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

The competition for the Agricultural Innovation Prize draws entries from across all disciplines within US universities and seeks students to develop innovative plans to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems, improving the standard of living and quality of life for the world's population. An initial submissions of 2 pages and 10 slides are due online by February 28th, 2014 through  After the first round of judging, the top 25 teams will be announced and move on to the final rounds hosted in Madison, Wisconsin on April 25th and 26th, 2014 where they will compete for a $100,000 grand prize, 4 - $25,000 runner up prizes and a $15,000 audience choice prize to launch their idea. Students who would like to get involved in their campuses are invited to serve as on-campus ambassadors

These ambassadors will receive $1,000 to assist in raising local awareness of the contest opportunity. The competition is also seeking professionals to serve as mentors to the top 25 teams and judges in the competition.

Please visit for more information on the submission requirements, ambassador positions, and various roles that professionals can play in helping students participate in the competition. Questions about the Agricultural Innovation Prize can be sent to