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

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:

Related Articles

Team Registration Open for Youth Crop Scouting Contest April 11, 2018

Teams of youth interested in learning crop scouting and competing for cash prizes are encouraged to enter the 5th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska Youth. Teams are encouraged to form and register now for the July 26 event so they can start studies and preparations to compete.

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Applications for Innovative Youth Corn Challenge Due by April 1 March 16, 2018

Applications are due by April 1 for teams of youth participating in the 2018 Innovative Youth Corn Challenge to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if it increased yield.

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Figure 1. Aaron Yoder uses an ATV simulator at the National FFA Convention to provide safety training. Yoder will be one of the course instructors for the Youth Tractor Safety and Hazardous Occupations Course.
Figure 1. Aaron Yoder uses an ATV simulator at the National FFA Convention to provide safety training. Yoder and other instructors will use the simulator in Nebraska this summer when teaching Youth Tractor Safety and Hazardous Occupations Courses.

Required Youth Tractor Safety Training at 12 Sites This Summer March 9, 2018

This summer Nebraska Extension will be offering Youth Tractor Safety and Hazardous Occupations Courses for 14- and 15-year-olds who will be working on a farm other than their family's.

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Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

Keeping It in the Family — A Colfax County IYCC Team January 26, 2018

Learn how three brothers competed in the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge in 2018 with a little support from their dad-sponsor.

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Figure 1. Youth attending the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge banquet were recognized for their efforts throughout the 2017 crop season to test corn production practices in science-based field trials. (Back Row L-R: Isaac Stromberg, Kade Stromberg, Juliana Loudon, Korbin Kudera, Hayden Beccard, Levi Schiller, James Rolf. Front Row L-R: Gavin Nelson, Rylan Nelson, Nolan Beccard, Landon Hasenkamp and Payton Schiller.) (Photos by Brandy VanDeWalle)
Figure 1. Youth attending the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge banquet were recognized for their efforts throughout the 2017 crop season to test corn production practices in science-based field trials. (Back Row L-R: Isaac Stromberg, Kade Stromberg, Juliana Loudon, Korbin Kudera, Hayden Beccard, Levi Schiller, James Rolf. Front Row L-R: Gavin Nelson, Rylan Nelson, Nolan Beccard, Landon Hasenkamp and Payton Schiller.) (Photos by Brandy VanDeWalle)

Innovative Youth Corn Challenge Tests Range of Practices January 22, 2018

Winners of the 2017 Innovative Youth Corn Challenge were recently recognized at the annual banquet. Through the contest, youth groups theorize the effect of changing a corn production practice and then test it, using science-based research methods.

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