Ace the Waste

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USDA Launches Ace the Waste! Food Waste Contest for Students

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2019 – Food waste is a problem everyone can tackle, including our nation’s youth. As part of Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is launching Ace the Waste! A student competition for food waste reduction ideas. This first-ever competition calls on students to come up with creative solutions to reduce food loss and waste in the United States.

The problem of food waste affects everyone. More than one third of food in the U.S. is lost or wasted. This amounts to 133 billion pounds, or $161 billion worth of food each year. Food is the single largest type of waste in landfills. Students age 11 to 18 are encouraged to submit proposals on reducing food loss and waste anywhere along the supply chain, from the farm to the dinner table and beyond. Topic ideas for the proposal include:

  • Preventing food waste – such as ideas to prolong the storage life of food; improve efficiencies in the processing of food and its distribution; and create new products from unharvested or unsold crops (like so-called “ugly fruit and vegetables”) or from food processing by-products.
  • Recovering wholesome, excess food to feed people – such as innovative approaches for getting excess food to people who need it and measuring the value of food donations.
  • Recycling food scraps to keep them out of landfills – such as ideas to connect food waste generators with recyclers and to create animal feed, compost, and energy.
  • Raising awareness – such as ideas about how to make students more aware about the amount of food being wasted and let them know how to reduce it.

Students may submit 1-2 page proposals or 1-2 minute videos. Proposals will be judged on impact potential; originality and creativity; clarity of expression; and adherence/appropriateness to theme. Judges will include representatives from USDA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). One winner will be selected from each of two categories – ages 11-14 and ages 15-18. The winner of the challenge will be honored with recognition on USDA’s social media accounts and website, receive a certificate of appreciation, and will have the opportunity to discuss their proposals with USDA leadership.

The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 24, 2019. Submit your ideas to the Ace the Waste! competition (PDF, 238 KB) today.

About the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative

The Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative is a collaborative effort among USDA, EPA, and FDA to affirm their shared commitment to work towards the national goal of reducing food loss and waste by 50 percent by 2030. The agencies agree to coordinate food loss and waste actions such as: education and outreach, research, community investments, voluntary programs, public-private partnerships, tool development, technical assistance, event participation, and policy discussion on the impacts and importance of reducing food loss and waste.

During Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month and beyond, join the conversation on social media with the #NoWastedFood hashtag. Learn more about USDA, EPA, and FDA programs and resources to reduce food loss and waste.

Partner Spotlight: Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden

For years, 4-H has been partnering with the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden. Through curriculum support, volunteering, and membership on their board of directors, it’s been a privilege to work with this amazing space and even more amazing people.

Located in Over-the-Rhine at Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden was a vision supported by the community. Through the hard work of a greater Cincinnati leader, Pope Coleman, the funds were raised and the roof of the school renovated to be an ADA accessible garden space. Bryna Bass and Julie Singer serve as the program staff who care for the garden and educate the students. Through thoughtful and creative curriculum the students at Rothenberg gain experiences that are not typically found in an urban environment.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to visit the garden in action Julie Singer is always looking for volunteers. For information on volunteering visit:

If you’re looking for a chance to just visit the garden, you’re in luck. Their annual fundraiser is coming up, and at $35 a ticket, it’s a steal to visit the most interesting, successful and beautiful school garden, on a rooftop in Cincinnati. To get your tickets visit:



APRIL 27, 2019
Morning Session Rabbits – Afternoon Session Poultry
Moving through different stations you will:
1. Learn about Poultry and Rabbit diseases and treatment
2. Learn Poultry and Rabbit anatomy
3. Learn different breeds of Poultry and Rabbit
4. Learn nutrition
5. Practice Showmanship – Rabbit, Turkey, Duck and Chicken

• Terry Fender has been an ARBA judge since 1990. Currently, he raises Californians, Havanas, and Silver Martens. He is the ARBA District 8 Director and has been a Purina Rabbit Ambassador since 2004. He is the president of the Lima Rabbit Breeders Association and a member of the ARBA Youth Committee.

• Each 4-H member may bring 1 rabbit to use for showmanship. Please bring your own carpet and all animals must be caged.

• Each 4-H member may bring 1 of each poultry species

• Pollorum Testing will be available

9105 Luther Lane, Cleves, OH 45002
RSVP to : Teresa for rabbits and Kris- for poultry