About the Event

The Roland Peterson Agricultural Education Science Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. 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.

2021 Roland Peterson Agricultural Education Science Fair

The 2021 event will be 100% virtual and take place on Thursday, March 11, 2021
Additional details can be found at www.mnffa.org/agriscience.  

Research papers

Interviews

  • Preregistered students (students who upload a paper) will be scheduled for an interview on Thursday, March 11, 2021 between 9 am-2 pm.
  • Students will get one interview with a set of judges.
  • Project explanation and questioning will not exceed 15 minutes.
  • There will be 5 minutes between interviews, so interviews would be scheduled for every 20 minutes.
  • Instead of AgriScience Fair boards, students will do a PowerPoint presentation with a maximum of 15 slides and they can share their screen. 
  • Students will get a paper score and presentation score as normal.
  • Official dress will be optional (as usual).

Technology Logistics

  • Students will all get the link to one zoom and will be moved into a breakout when the judges are ready. Pairs will be able to be together or in different locations (whatever works for you/them).
  • Interviews will be recorded in case a judge loses signal. Recordings will be deleted once results are finalized.
  • If a student misses their interview and does not communicate with Lavyne Rada, they will not have a chance to interview again.
  • If a student has technology issues, we will try to reschedule them for another time in the day (probably at the end of the day, but we can’t guarantee they will get an interview). We can set up a technology check on a day prior if that helps.

Agriscience Fair Divisions and Categories

Students can compete in the Roland Peterson 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.

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

*This category will be combined in 2017. Depending on participation, they may be split in the future.

  • 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

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

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 agricultural areas including agricultural education, agribusiness, agricultural communication, agricultural leadership and sales 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
  • Consumer confidence and understanding of food labels
  • Economic effect of employment rate and meat consumption