Engaging Youth in Crop Production
- Dig into some interesting facts about Nebraska crops.
- Learn how crops grow and factors that affect them.
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!
New Opportunity: 2022 Special Agronomy Project - Broomcorn Sorghum
Check out all the opportunities to learn through hands-on projects and workshops on:
- plant sciences,
- crop production,
- range management,
- Crop Science Investigation - integrated pest management.
Pick some of your own interesting projects and enter your project in your local county or state fair!
- 4-H Pick-a-Project Guide
- 4-H Crop Curriculum (ISU link)
- Nebraska 4-H Crop Production Sheet (for county & state fair crop projects)
- 4-H Range Management Curriculum
- 4-H Insectigator Curriculum
- 4-H Horticulture Curriculum
- 4-H Plant Science Contests
- Teaching Activities and Resources
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
For more information on degree programs in agronomy or other plant science related careers:
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. See information and degree requirements.
- The College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) offers 28 programs of study and two pre-professional programs in agriculture.
2023 Tractor Safety Training for Teens Kick Off in May
March 29, 2023
Two training locations and eight testing locations will be available to Nebraska teens seeking tractor and equipment safety certification.
Innovative Youth Corn Challenge Contest 2022 Results
March 9, 2023
Arlington FFA Chapter members Aaron Fuchs and Braden Monke placed first in the 2022 contest with their study on supplemental sulfur, which increased plant health and final yield of their corn crop.
2022 Youth Crop Scouting Competition Winners Announced
August 25, 2022
First and second place winning teams will be headed to Indiana in mid-September to represent Nebraska in the regional youth crop scouting competition.
Agronomy Youth Field Day Kicks Off July 6
June 28, 2022
Nebraska youth will spend the day immersed in activities to learn more about weed identification, plant growth stages, insect management, using ag tech for irrigation management, and more.
Youth Crop Scouting Competition — Connecting Youth with Crops
June 8, 2022
Nebraska youth who want to test their scouting skills and learn more about crop growth and development are encouraged to participate in the ninth annual Crop Scouting Competition on Aug. 3.