Field to Fuel Student content Contest

We are challenging students across the state to help us educate others about Renewable Fuels Month for a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize for your school or organization.

Each spring, Nebraska recognizes Renewable Fuels Month to raise awareness about renewable fuels. Ever heard of it? We hope so! But not enough people have and ethanol, a renewable fuel made right here in Nebraska, is the only liquid fuel that helps reduce greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions. We need your help to get the word out!

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Official Contest Rules

Content must be received and/or postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2023. All entries must include an entry form. The top three entries, as selected by a panel of judges, will receive the following prizes:

First place: $1,000
Second place: $600
Third place: $400

In addition, the winning entries will be announced in press releases to local media. Winners will be requested to submit group pictures.

Eligibility

The contest is open to students currently attending a Nebraska high school (grades 9-12 in a public, private or home school setting). Immediate family members of contest sponsors are not eligible to compete.

Requirements

  • There is no limit to the number of participants per project; however, only one prize will be given per submission, not per person.
  • Every project MUST include an entry form for each team member and include an adult signature if a student is under 18.
  • Submissions must be original works and not contain copyrighted material or any material that is proprietary to a third party, which includes music.
  • Content will be the sole property of the Nebraska Ethanol Board.
  • Only one campaign may be submitted per individual or team but multiple campaigns can be submitted by schools.
  • Include, at minimum, 5 days of social media content
  • Use at least two different social media platforms

How to Enter

Complete the Field to Fuel entry form and submit it along with your Renewable Fuels Month content to jessica.sodeke@nebraska.gov. Contact Jessica for more information or questions.

Field to Fuel 2023 Poster

Field to Fuel 2023 Entry Form

Students learn from this project:

  • Professional social media guidelines
  • Writing a social media post
  • Designing or creating visuals
  • Learn more about digital marketing
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Time management
  • And all about biofuels!

Biofuels, including ethanol, are essential to providing healthier, more affordable fuel choices and we want more young drivers to know. Everyone is at risk of inhaling toxic chemicals used for octane in gasoline. These carcinogens make up 25% of a gallon of gas. You are exposed at the pump, from vehicle exhaust, and when these chemicals are released as greenhouse gases (GHG). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies BTEX chemicals as toxic air pollutants known to cause cancer, adverse reproductive effects, and other health issues.

Ethanol is a natural, plant-based octane booster used to displace some of these chemicals which have been linked to cancer (including breast cancer), heart disease, and respiratory issues. Overall, according to Harvard and Tufts universities, ethanol reduces GHG by nearly 50%. When you use ethanol, you are reducing your carbon footprint and positively impacting the health of everyone. Click here to learn about our healthy fuels program that supports cancer research (a great resource for the contest!)

Nebraska is the No. 2 producer of ethanol in the country (behind Iowa) and is an important industry to our state – providing $5 billion to the state economy annually, more than 1,400 jobs, and creating markets for Nebraska corn farmers to both feed and fuel the world.

Over the last few years ethanol has also transitioned from just a liquid fuel powering engines – the industry is now leading major efforts to reduce carbon emissions through sustainable aviation fuel (which will be made in Columbus, NE) and carbon sequestration (happening statewide). The Nebraska Ethanol Board, who sponsors this contest, is also working with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to test the efficiency and safety of using E30 in non Flex Fuel vehicles. This study could ultimately help change laws that will allow consumers to use even higher blends of ethanol, which increases its environmental and cost savings potential. We are really excited about the future of biofuels! Help us spread the word about its many benefits.