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4-H clover 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge

Fun to do and easy to join

Did you know agriculture connects to all parts of our daily lives? Agriculture is a key part of the technology you use, the clothes you wear and the food you eat. It also plays an important role in careers, environmental studies, healthy living, animal safety and much more!

We are looking for youth in grades 6-12 who want to explore agricultural related topics and share their problem-solving ideas. You do not need to be in 4-H already to join this challenge.

What is the Science of Agriculture Challenge?

It is a hands-on learning experience to inspire the next generation of agriculture leaders in Minnesota. Teams of 2-5 youth in grades 6-12 work with volunteer coaches and mentors to create projects and build solutions. As a team, you will identify agriculture-related issues in your community, develop solutions and share your projects with your community. Each summer, teams present their ideas to a panel of industry expert judges at a state competition. Each member of the top three teams will receive a scholarship ranging from $400 to $1,000 to use at the university, college or trade school of their choice. One team can win the Community Engagement Award for sharing the story of their project through community presentations, social and print media. Find out more.

Important dates

  • Detailed timeline
  • Oct.-Jan. - Teams form, identify their project topic, begin to research and develop solutions
  • Feb. - Final team registration deadline
  • April-May - Regional showcases will be at the local county Extension offices (required for all teams).
  • June 10, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and June 11, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. - State competition at University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management

Learn more!

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