Arthur Berkey Ag Science Fair
Prequalification - Ag Research Papers Must be Uploaded to MSU by 02:40 PM January 12, 2023 or before and registered. No exceptions!
Register at this link:
link to Upload Ag Research Paper & abstract
Ag Science Fair DISPLAY and INTERVIEW
If selected as a state semi finalist. The student will be invited to MSU March 6-7 for Finals
THREE TYPES OF AG SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS you could do
1) EXPERIMENTAL - RESEARCH (Traditional)
Plan and conduct an agricultural experiment using the scientific method. There is a hypothesis, control group and the variables are manipulated.
a) think of a question
b) Research the Topic
c) Make a hypothesis
d) Plan the experiment & build the apparatus
e) Conduct the experiment
f) Make observations, measure and record data into The AET
g) Analyze the data
h) Make a conclusion
i) Publish your results
j) Display your results
Investigate and analyze a real world agriculture, food or natural resource problem. Gather and evaluate data from a variety of sources and then produce some type of finished product. The product may include a marketing display or marketing plan for a commodity, product or service. this could be to analyze and solve a community problem. (Much like an Eagle Scout Project)
The student identifies a need in agriculture, food or natural resources. The student performs research and analysis in order to solve a problem or increase efficiency by developing/adapting a new product or service to the industry. The student plans, documents and develops his/her innovation through the iterative processes of design, prototyping and testing with a goal of creating a marketable product or service.
AG SCIENCE FAIR CATEGORIES
Animal Systems ( AS )
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.
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 ( ENR )
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.
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 ( FPP )
The study of product development, quality assurance, food safety, production, sales and service, regulation and compliance and food service within the food science industry.
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 ( PS )
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.
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 ( PST )
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.
Develop alternate energy source engines
Create minimum energy use structures
Compare properties of various alternative insulation products
Investigation of light/wind/water energy sources
Social Systems ( SS )
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.
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
Additional information available for download at the bottom of the page
IDEAS FOR AG SCIENCE PROJECTS
Suggested you download the ASF 2017-2021 Handbook
at bottom of this page.
CLICK ON THE ARROW TO THE RIGHT TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION AND RESOURCES AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
There are six divisions.
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
Project Categories Include:
Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems
Food Products and Processing Systems
Power, Structural and Technical Systems
Chapter Level – Winners may be selected annually in each FFA chapter. The winner can
represent any of the agriscience category areas (based on state rules for competitions).
LOCAL PRIZE: Hotel & Lodging at State FFA Convention & AB Science Fair
State Level – Winners from each division in all categories may be selected annually in each of
the chartered state associations. Each of those winners should be sent to the National FFA
Center for prescreening before moving on to compete at the national level fair.
STATE PRIZE: First Place state winners win a. Plaque and get the opportunity to represent Michigan in the National FFA Semi-Finals.
NATIONAL TOP 15 - If the state winner places in the top 15 in their division, they will get to compete at National FFA Ag Science Fair and get $250 Travel Money after representing the state.
Additional prize money can be won based on placing at nationals