Youth and Youth Activities

Engaging Youth in Crop Production

Crop and Plant Science Facts

  • Dig into some interesting facts about Nebraska crops.
  • Learn how crops grow and factors that affect them.

Activities

Learn the science behind crops issues and how crop science relates to careers, through fun activities!

  • Be savvy on crop growth, diseases, insects and weeds.
  • Just have some fun and test your knowledge with interactive games.
  • Learn about exciting career opportunities related to crop and plant science. The University of Nebraska offers great majors for anyone interested in anything plants. Check it out!

4-H and FFA Crop Projects

2021 Special Agronomy Projects

New Opportunity: 2021 Special Agronomy Project - Teosinte

Check out all the opportunities to learn through hands-on projects and workshops on:

  • plant sciences,
  • crop production,
  • range management,
  • entomology,
  • Crop Science Investigation - integrated pest management.

Pick some of your own interesting projects and enter your project in your local county or state fair!

youth working on crop project

Encourage youth to think more about agricultural careers with the help of educational resources for:

  • 4-H Leaders
  • Ag Teachers
  • Extension Personnel
  • Interested Parents/ Mentors

Discover Entomology Brochure

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

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