Roland Peterson Agricultural Education Science Fair

Held each year in March on the St. Paul Campus, the Roland Peterson Agricultural Education Science Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture.

The 2013 Roland Peterson Agricultural Education Science Fair will be held on March 21, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. in Ruttan Hall B45.  Registration will end TOMORROW, March 14, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.


To qualify for the 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 a judge or judges with a display and a report.

Click here to register for this event and see the results.

The winners in each category and division are eligible to compete in the National FFA Organization Agriscience Fair held each fall at the National FFA Convention.

Agriscience Fair Divisions and Categories

Students can compete in the Roland Peterson Agriscience Fair as an individual or with a team.

  • Division I  –  Individuals in grades 7, 8 and 9
  • Division II –  Individuals in grades 10, 11  and 12
  • Division III – Teams in grades 7, 8 and 9
  • Division IV – Teams in grades 10, 11 and 12

Students can compete in the Roland Peterson Agriscience Fair in one of six categories:

  • Animal Systems
  • Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems
  • Food Products and Processing Systems
  • Plant Systems
  • Power, Structural and Technical Systems
  • Social Systems

Animal Systems
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 Services/Natural Resource Systems
The study of systems, instruments and technology used in waste management; the study of the management of soil, water, wildlife, forests and air as natural resources and their influence on the environment.

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, sales and service, 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

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

Power, Structural and Technical Systems
The study of agricultural equipment, power systems, alternative fuel sources and precision technology, as well as woodworking, metalworking, welding and project planning for agricultural structures.

Project examples:

  • Develop alternative energy source engines
  • Create minimum energy use structures
  • Compare properties of various alternative insulation products
  • Investigation of light/wind/water energy sources

Social Systems

The study of human behavior and the interaction of individuals in and to society, including agricultural education, agribusiness economic, agricultural communication, agricultural leadership and other social science applications in agriculture, food and natural resources.

Project examples:

  • Investigate perceptions of community members towards alternative agricultural practices
  • Determine the impact of local/state/national safety programs upon accident rates in agricultural/natural resource occupations
  • Comparison of profitability of various agricultural/natural resource practices
  • Investigate the impact of significant historical figures on a local community
  • Determine the economical effects of local/state/national legislation impacting agricultural/natural resources

This event is sponsored by the Cargill company.


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