Cyclone Soil Health Sweepstakes

Cyclone Soil Health Sweepstakes

Join Iowa Learning Farms in its Cyclone Soil Health Sweepstakes! Form a team of creative minds interested in promoting soil health and conservation through an original video production. Win prizes for teams and student organizations.  

Eligibility: This contest is open to all current undergraduate or graduate students at Iowa State University. The team may enter on behalf of a registered student organization at Iowa State University or the team may enter as an independent team. Those teams associated with registered student organizations are eligible to win additional prizes for their organization. 


  1. Follow Iowa Learning Farms on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the contest 
  2. Register your team with Iowa Learning Farms using the link below.
    • Teams should consist of 2-4 Iowa State University students (undergraduate and graduate)  
    • Students may not be on more than one team 
  3. Teams may register as affiliated with a recognized student organization at Iowa State University 
    • Student organizations may be associated with more than 1 team – provided each team is comprised of different individual students 
  4. Teams will create an original, interactive video to demonstrate the importance of a specific aspect, characteristic or property of soil health to a specified audience 
  5. The final 3- to 5-minute video of their demonstration must be uploaded and submitted via the website above. The form will be open to accept videos on Monday, February 15 and will close at midnight on Friday, March 19th - note some helpful tips below for planning out your video!
  6. The video should include an introduction, a demonstration with an explanation of the science behind it, and a brief conclusion to summarize the demonstration and learning points 
    • It is important that a target audience for the video be specified when it is submitted. Does it address farmers, conservationists, youth, or another group? 
  7. To be considered, videos must adhere to current university policies regarding: 
    • Face coverings and physical distancing 
    • Iowa State University’s Principles of Community 
    • Iowa State University supports and upholds the First Amendment protection of freedom of speech and the principle of academic freedom in order to foster a learning environment where open inquiry and the vigorous debate of a diversity of ideas are encouraged. Students will not be penalized for the content or viewpoints of their work as long as the student expression is germane to the subject matter of the contest and conveyed in an appropriate manner. 
  8. After submissions close, a panel of judges will evaluate all submitted videos and select up to 10 finalist teams. Teams selected as finalists will have their videos posted to the Iowa Learning Farms Facebook page. Visitors will then vote on the page to determine the People’s Choice Award winner
  9. The top 3 presentations, as determined by the judging panel, will be awarded monetary prizes, courtesy of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. If a prize-winning team is affiliated with a recognized student organization, the student organization will also receive a monetary prize
    • First Place: $800 to the team, $350 to the registered student organization 
    • Second Place: $500 to the team, $250 to the registered student organization 
    • Third Place: $300 to the team, $200 to the registered student organization 
    • People’s Choice Award: $100 to the winning team 
      • If a team was not formed as part of a student organization, the money intended to be awarded to the student organization will not be awarded. The team prize money will be awarded at the values listed above. A team may not win both a top 3 award and the People’s Choice Award. 
  10. The team retains all rights to the submitted video, except for use by Iowa State University and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). ISU and NRCS may use or build on submissions for future use

For questions contact: Riley Wilgenbusch 

Register Here

Submit Video
(Accepting submissions February 15-midnight on March 19)

Tips for Creating Your Video

  • Use a smartphone, tablet, or digital video camera
  • Tape the video horizontally (landscape orientation)
  • Use a tripod OR bring designate a team member to film to keep the camera steady
  • Do not walk and talk
  • If more than one person will be in the video:
    • Option A: Take turns on camera
    • Option B: Mask up and maintain proper social distancing