Activities for Youth


How much do you know about crops? Test your knowledge with this short quiz: Go to Quiz

Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

• Can you improve corn yields to meet the growing global demand?
• Open to all 4-H & FFA members
• Over $2,000 in cash prizes awarded!
• Network with agronomic professionals!
• Access to valuable corn resource materials!

 Enter your team online here. 
Deadline to enter the contest: March 15th, 2016.

Crop Career Corner

There are many opportunities to work within not only the agricultural industry, but in crops. In fact, some college graduates have been able to receive several job offers with an agronomy degree. 
NEW: Can you unscramble these soils-related careers?

Go to www.agriculture.com and search for "college graduates".

Crop-Related Career Opportunities

A wide variety of career paths are available in this rapidly changing field. The breadth of your education will prepare you to pursue careers which are just now evolving or will evolve in the near future. With a degree in agronomy, you could work as an:

  • Agricultural Communicator (Journalist)
  • Crop Consultant
  • Crop Insurance Adjuster
  • Educator
  • Elevator or Co-op Manager
  • Farmer or Rancher
  • Farm Credit Banker
  • Farmer Manager
  • Field or Lab Researcher
  • Plant Breeder
  • Seed, Fertilizer, or Chemical Sales or Technical Representative
  • Soil or Water Conservationist

For more information on degree programs in agronomy or other plant science related careers:

Free Web App Teaches Youth About Making Smart Life Choices

Career Explorer - 4-H is a free app that provides middle and high school youth with an opportunity to learn about making smart life choices in their future.  From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Nebraska 4-H, and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  Download Career Explorer free from the iTunes store.

Free Web App Teaches Youth Where Ag Products Come From

We Grow It, Do You Know It is a lively free app that gives kids their first lessons in how agriculture produces the things they love to eat – and even their crayons. From the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Download We Grow It, Do You Know It free from the iTunes store.

Healthy Snacking App

Snack Planet - is a game to  promote the benefits of healthy snacking and exercise. Help Optimis, the robot, move quickly through the maze, grab the healthy foods and reach the exit before the time runs out. A word of warning though, steer clear of the snacks which are not healthy. They reduce both time and score.