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What you'll do

Agronomy is the science of using plants for food, fuel, feed and fiber. Horticulture is about growing plants for food and decoration. 

Minnesota 4-H offers a wide variety of opportunities to learn more about agronomy and horticulture. You can attend events, form or join a 4-H/FFA crop scouting team, explore college-level agronomy by taking a virtual campus tour and enroll in 4-H projects such as crop and plant science, fruits and vegetables and gardening

As you explore this page, you will notice three levels of learning. In each level, you will uncover more ways to deepen your experience in agronomy and horticulture. Bookmark or revisit this page for current information on agronomy and horticulture opportunities.

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Get started on your 4-H agronomy exhibits for the 2023 fair

Bringing a sample for your exhibit?  Plan ahead!

Projects that involve a sample product may need to be selected in the fall or spring - during the harvest. Don’t live on a farm? That’s ok! Crops must be grown on a farm with which you have a relationship with the producer and have interviewed them about the growing process.

Find a local farmer and learn more about agronomy!

Check out the Minnesota 4-H Agronomy and Horticulture Handbook along with the Agronomy Fair Exhibit Ideas for more information as you work on preparing your exhibits for the 2023 fair.

Upcoming events

Levels of learning

How to get started in 4-H agronomy and horticulture, dive deeper and become a leader. 


Fairs and exhibits



Anja Johnson, 651-480-7705, akoester@umn.edu

Brian McNeill, 320-589-1711 Extension 2131, mcnei006@umn.edu

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