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Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Response Challenge

A team challenge event for youth: Find solutions to real ag-related issues in your community and present your results on the U of M campus

The 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge is well underway! 17 teams from across the state are researching ag-related issues and developing science-based solutions.

The new 4-H Science of Agriculture Response Challenge provides 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.

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.

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Important dates for teams to know


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.

To participate in the challenge on June 18-19, 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.

Science of Agriculture Response team aids


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

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