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Minnesota poultry royalty named

Poultry royalty

(September 2015, Agri-view) Nathan Vonderharr of Cedar, Minnesota, and Katie Benson of Staples, Minnesota, were crowned Poultry Prince and Princess at the Minnesota State Fair. Minnesota 4-H and Gold’n Plump® recognize the industry knowledge, leadership and skills of Minnesota’s up-and-coming poultry experts by awarding two teenagers with poultry-ambassador titles and $1,000 academic scholarships.

Vonderharr and Benson ranked highly in the qualifying rounds of the 4-H poultry interview, quiz and showmanship competition; 4-H chicken barbecue contest; and the question-and-answer and stage-presence final round.

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Despite ban, State Fair's Poultry Barn won't be empty

State fair chickens

(August 2015, Pioneer Press) The namesakes of the Poultry Barn at the Minnesota State Fair will be absent this year, but that doesn't mean their presence won't be felt. The Poultry Barn won't be empty, however. Filling the space where fairgoers would usually find chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and pigeons will be a large number of poultry-related educational displays. The Minnesota 4-H participants with poultry projects, who would usually be competing with their birds over the first four days of the Fair, are instead presenting science fair-like projects on issues relating to avian flu and the poultry industry.

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Get the new 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair app

State fair app.

(July 2015) Our NEW 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair app offers everything for the state fair goer and for those at home, too. Get this free app for yourself and please recommend it to your 4-H families, volunteers and anyone who cares about 4-H activities at the state fair! It’s particularly useful for people who can’t be there to keep up with what’s going on:

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Ag wins with science challenge

Danielson Hustlers

(July 2015, Agri News) Months of work culminated June 17-19 for a dozen teams of young scientists who participated in Minnesota 4-H's first-ever Science of Agriculture Challenge. The challenge was put forth to interest young people in the more technical aspects of agriculture by having them address real-world ag problems.

Winners received scholarship money to use at the higher education institution of their choice.

At the end of the three-day event, 4-H hosted an awards ceremony to name the top team projects. Freeman thanked participants for putting a face to an idea and celebrated finding a way to emphasize "blue ribbon kids" in addition to blue ribbon animals.

The first place team, the Danielson Hustlers, hailed from Meeker County and was comprised of Kayla Kutzke, Ryan Peterson and Daniel Williamson. They took on the difficult topic of hay waste. Through their observations and research, they concluded if animals can remove their heads from the eating area, they are likely to drop and waste hay.

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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.

The new 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge provides a hands-on learning experience to inspire the next generation of agriculture leaders in Minnesota. Teams will present their results at a two-day event June 17-19 on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. An awards celebration and challenge fair will showcase their work and connect them with agribusiness community representatives who are eager to meet the next generation of ag leaders. The event will also include judging presentations, career workshops and campus tours.

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Challenge preps 4-H'ers for ag science careers

Science of Ag youth

(May 2015, Four Dakota County teenagers spent the evening of April 20 digging around in a field. These high school students weren't just fooling around. They were studying the affects of different tillage methods on soil, looking at temperature, compaction, corn roots and soil's water-absorbing capacity.

These kids aren't experimenting just for the fun of it, or even for school, but for their project that is part of a new Minnesota 4-H initiative called Science of Agriculture Challenge. This year, 72 youth are working in 18 teams around the state to answer real-world agricultural questions with serious research.

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