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Voting Begins to Select Grand Prize Winner in FMC Anthem Contest


PHILADELPHIA – FMC Agricultural Products Group (APG) reaches the final stage in the “Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest.” After a voting phase to narrow the entries to four finalists, each now hopes to win the grand prize of a $10,000 college scholarship. Voting begins online today through October 19 with the grand prize winner announcement on Oct. 24.

The finalists, Allison Nohre from De Pere, Wis.; Lexie Sistrunk from Oak Grove, La.; Jessica Smith from Picayune, Miss.; and Katie Wesler from Birmingham, Ala.; recently traveled to Nashville to rerecord their renditions of the national anthem with a music producer as well as talk about their experiences in the FMC Anthem Contest. The interviews and performances will be aired on RFD-TV on Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. CDT.

“The broadcast on RFD-TV will give the public a chance to get to know the four finalists,” said Timothy Thompson, product manager, FMC APG. “I look forward to hearing these young people’s stories about how agriculture has influenced their lives already.” 

Involved in FFA for the past four years, Nohre currently attends the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in agriculture studies. At 18 years old, she spent her high school career serving in leadership positions in FFA, including president for two years and officer for three years. She also participated in the National and Wisconsin State FFA Bands.

The youngest entrant in the contest at 13 years old, Sistrunk has been involved in 4-H since she was in the fourth grade. Her father was the 4-H agent for years and now serves as the local ag agent, which led to her involvement in 4-H. She is active in showing goats, chickens and horses, and also participates in cooking contests. Sistrunk sings in many town festivals and is currently taking voice lessons.

At 17 years old, Smith is an active member of both 4-H and FFA whose entire life has revolved around agriculture. For nearly 10 years, Smith has exhibited livestock at 4-H and FFA shows, and participated in other agricultural-related competitions. She also assists her father, a third-generation farmer, with growing hay and corn for their cattle along with other produce for their family. Currently a senior in high school, Smith plans to attend Mississippi State University next year to study agribusiness.

A 20 year old, Wesler is involved in agriculture through FFA, Ohio Young Farmers and the National Young Farmers Educational Association (NYFEA). She has the opportunity to become a fourth-generation farmer and looks forward to producing foods that contribute to the good health of the general public. Wesler often supports local farmers’ markets and wants to eventually supply produce to an urban market. She is currently a student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.

From March through mid-July, more than 170 entries were received from agricultural students representing 34 states. Entrants of the “Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest” included members of national ag-related student organizations, such as FFA, 4-H or student NAMA chapters, with a background and interest in agriculture or agribusiness. Voting will be open to anyone beginning Sept. 24 by logging on to

FMC has additional plans to invest in farming’s future with the anticipated EPA registration (EPA registration is currently pending) of two new herbicides, Anthem and Anthem ATZ, in late 2012.

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FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial, environmental and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. In 2011, FMC had annual sales of approximately $3.4 billion. The company employs approximately 5,500 people throughout the world, and operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals. For more information, visit

FFA, 4-H, NAMA and any other ag-related student organizations are not affiliated with or sponsoring this promotion.


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