AGRICULTURE EDUCATION SCIENCE FAIR

The FFA Agriscience Fair recognizes student researchers studying the application of agricultural sceintific principles and emerging technologies in agricultural enterprises.

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AGRISCIENCE FAIR CATEGORIES AND DIVISIONS

Students can compete in the national agriscience fair as an individual or with a team.

  • Division 1 – individual member in grades 7 and 8

  • Division 2 – team of two members in grades 7 and 8

  • Division 3 – individual member in grades 9 and 10

  • Division 4 – team of two members in grades 9 and 10

  • Division 5 – individual member in grades 11 and 12

  • Division 6 – team of two members in grades 11 and 12

AGRISCIENCE FAIR CATEGORIES

Students can compete in the national agriscience fair in one of six categories:

ANIMAL SCIENCE

The study of animal systems, including life processes, health, nutrition, genetics, management and processing, through the study of small animals, aquaculture, livestock, dairy, horses and/or poultry.

Project examples:

  • Compare nutrient levels on animal growth

  • Research new disease control mechanisms

  • Effects of estrous synchronization on ovulation

  • Compare effects of thawing temperatures on livestock semen

  • Effects of growth hormone on meat/milk production

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE/NATURAL RESOURCE SYSTEMS

  • Environmental Service Systems: The study of systems, instruments and technology used to monitor and minimize the impact of human activity on environmental systems. 

  • Natural Resource Systems: The study of the management, protection, enhancement and improvement of soil, water, wildlife, forests and air as natural resources. 

 Project examples:

  • Effect of agricultural chemicals on water quality

  • Effects of cropping practices on wildlife populations

  • Compare water movements through different soil types

FOOD PRODUCTS AND PROCESSING SYSTEMS

The study of product development, quality assurance, food safety, production, regulation and compliance and food service within the food science industry.

Project examples:

  • Effects of packaging techniques on food spoilage rates

  • Resistance of organic fruits to common diseases

  • Determining chemical energy stored in foods

  • Control of molds on bakery products

  • Effects of the amount of sucrose used in baked goods

  • Use of a triangle test in sensory science

PLANT SYSTEMS

The study of plant life cycles, classifications, functions, structures, reproduction, media and nutrients, as well as growth and cultural practices, through the study of crops, turf grass, trees and shrubs and/or ornamental plants.

Project examples:

  • Determine rates of transpiration in plants

  • Effects of heavy metals such as cadmium on edible plants

  • Compare GMO and conventional seed/plant growth under various conditions

  • Effects of lunar climate and soil condition on plant growth

  • Compare plant growth of hydroponics and conventional methods

OVERVIEW

The agriscience fair is for middle and high school students. Participation begins at the local level and progresses to state and national levels.

 To qualify for the national agriscience fair students must:

  • Be in grades 7 - 12.

  • Conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture and food science industries and present their findings to a panel of judges with a display and a report.

  • Be selected as the state winner at their state agriscience fair.

  • Be selected as one of the top 12 in their respective category and division.

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