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Science of Agriculture Challenge

Find solutions to real ag-related issues in your community

This is a hands-on learning experience to inspire the next generation of agriculture leaders in Minnesota. Youth teams will partner with local expert mentors to develop science-based responses to agriculture-related issues they have identified in their communities.

Youth can explore issues in the areas of agronomy, animal husbandry, soil science, ag business, rural finance, food science, engineering and more. Youth are encouraged to be creative in exploring and developing solutions.

4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge: Bee Team

The 4-H Bee Team is one of 15 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge teams of youth across Minnesota working with local experts to identify ag-related issues in their communities and develop science-based solutions.
The 4-H Biodiesel Team is one of 15 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge teams of youth across Minnesota working with local experts to identify ag-related issues in their communities and develop science-based solutions.
The 4-H Topsoil Team is one of 20 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge teams across Minnesota working with local experts to identify issues in their communities and develop science-based solutions.
The Washington County 4-H Bee Team's Justin explains their research on the overwintering of bees.

This great video was created by the Nicollet County 4-H Science of Agriculture team about their research on the public perception of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

4-H and the Science of Agriculture Challenge

Bee keeper

(May 2015, Source) Sixteen-year-old Justin Weeldreyer always thought bees were the coolest miracles of nature, living off the honey they make and building intricate hives. He put his interest to work by conducting research with four other Washington County 4-H youth as part of the new 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge.

"Overwintering is a big problem for Minnesota beekeepers," says Justin. "Big producers pack up and send their hives someplace warm, but smaller businesses and hobbyists can't afford that and just hope their bees survive."

Read the full story.

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Who can participate?

Teams may include 3-4 youth, grades 6 and above (current and new 4-H'ers). Volunteers, coaches, coordinators and mentors will play an important role in the teams' planning and execution.

Teams can be cross-county. Teams will work together starting in autumn 2014 and make formal presentations on the St. Paul campus in June, 2015. Each member of the top three teams will receive a university scholarship of $500 - $1,000.

 

Contact

Joshua E. Rice, Ph.D.
Assistant Extension professor, science of agriculture
jerice@umn.edu
612-624-8415

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