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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.

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).

Important dates for teams to know

  • Online registration due - April 15, 2015
  • Science of Agriculture Challenge destination event at U of M St. Paul Campus - June 17-19, 2015

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.

To participate in the challenge on June 17-19, 2015, each team must turn in a completed team intent form by Nov. 9, 2014. Teams wishing to express intent after November 9, 2014, should contact Dr. Joshua Rice, 612-624-8415 directly.



Joshua E. Rice, Ph.D.
Assistant Extension professor, science of agriculture

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