• UMC ANRAD Logo placed over a open country scene.
  • Small Animals Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Forestry Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Wildlife Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Wildlife Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Group of Students Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Floriculture Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Floriculture Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Floriculture Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Floriculture Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day

Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day

Friday, December 6, 2019

Ag & NatR Activities Day (ANRAD) has been taking place at the University of Minnesota, Crookston for 50 years. It is an annual event that allows area high school students the opportunity to participate in agricultural activities. There are over 15 contests for students to compete in. The contests are overseen by UMC Agriculture and Natural Resources Department faculty. Last year over 50 high schools participated in this event.

An awards ceremony culminates the exciting day. Scholarships, plaques and certificates are awarded to school teams and individuals for each contest. Over $32,000 in scholarships are available to award-winning students. Last year, $750 UMC scholarships were awarded for the high individual in each contest, $600 UMC scholarships were awarded for the second place individual, and $450 UMC scholarships were awarded for the third place individual.

Some livestock contests may be held in unheated areas. Please have students dress accordingly.

We ask your cooperation and respect for competitors and winners at the awards ceremony. If you cannot attend the entire ceremony, we hope you have a safe and early trip home.

All registrations are due on or before November 29, 2019.  All registrations are $10.00 per student. Registration fees are non-refundable. Register online by clicking the Online Registration link on the bottom of the page.

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Rooms are available for reservation at the AmericInn (218-281-7800), Cobblestone Inn & Suites (218-470-1111) and Crookston Inn (218-281-5210).

For more information, contact Leah Stroot at 218-281-8101.

We're looking forward to hosting your teams during another great Ag & NatR Activities Day!

Contest Descriptions

Contest Descriptions

General Livestock Judging Contest

The General Livestock Judging Contest requires judgment ability to select/rank four animals from best to worst for either breeding purposes or sale of meat (slaughter) purposes. This contest involves FOUR species: beef cattle, swine, sheep AND GOATS. This skill is important when selecting animals that are ready for slaughter or as breeding animals. These animals should have the desired traits as sought by the meat animal industry and ultimately the consumer. A perfect score on a class is "50".

Dairy Cattle Judging Contest

The Dairy Cattle Judging Contest requires judgment ability to select/rank four animals from best to worst based on an industry "ideal". This skill is important when buying or culling animals that will be profitable. This selection process is based on visual appraisal as opposed to evaluation of milk performance data or DHIA records. In larger contests, a set of oral reasons is required, which is a verbal justification for your placing. A perfect score is "50". For this part of the contest, 3 live animal classes will be utilized, Spring Yearling Heifers, Fall Yearling Heifers, and Dry Cows. Also included in this contest are evaluation of 2 paper classes.  The sire selection includes a scenario to rank animals by their compatibility to the given cow, while the pedigree is solely ranked on the given genetics and DHIA record.

Horse Judging Contest

Students judge horses at halter (conformation) and during performance. Possible halter classes include Quarter Horses or Stock-type horses, Arabians, and/or Morgans. Performance classes today are Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle or Hunter Pleasure, and/or English Pleasure. Often, contestants are required to give 'reasons', which is a timed oral presentation on why they placed the class the way they did. Due to lack of time and space, we do not require that part of the contest in this competition. Questions (worth 50 points) will be asked on one designated class to break any ties. Each class is worth 50 points. Official judge(s) will place the class and assign point values to the different possible placing. The closer to the official placing, the more points a contestant earns. When there are more than three contestants from one school, the top three contestants' scores will count for the team score.

Floriculture Contest

There are four parts to the Floriculture Contest

  1. Written exam covering general horticulture/floriculture knowledge. The exam covers information about fertilizers, plant care, insects and diseases of greenhouse plants, annual and perennial flowers, plant structure, soils for the greenhouse, and many other areas. 
  2. Problem Solving- Will include 10 multiple-choice questions. (Examples will be selected from the MN CDE Floriculture List).
  3. Plant Identification - Students will identify 45 plants by sample or by picture. The samples are from several areas including annuals, perennials, foliage plants, cut flowers and cut foliage. (Samples will be selected from the MN CDE Floriculture List) 
  4. Floriculture Tool & Equipment Identification - Students will identify 15 examples by actual sample or picture. (Samples will be selected from the MN CDE Floriculture List)

Small Animals Contest

This contest is designed to assess student knowledge, practical application and evaluation abilities in the area of small animal care, veterinary skills and pet management. 100% of the contest (all written exam and I.D.) will involve the five species recommended in the Minnesota FFA CDE Manual (dogs, cats, fish, birds and rabbits). The contest will consist of three sections including:

  1. Written Exam – multiple choice
  2. Animal Identification – Identifying the 5 species in either photos or live animals 
  3. Practicum - dog & cat food label reading, common diseases or problems, anatomy of skeletal, nervous and digestive systems, mathematical problems related to purchasing, veterinary bills, grooming etc.

90 points of ID and Multiple Choice Questions
10 points of Practicum Questions

Students should bring with them:

  1. Calculator
  2. Clipboard
  3. #2 Pencil

Wildlife Contest

The wildlife contest consists of both identification and written questions. The contest uses the basis of the Minnesota FFA regulations, but in an expanded format to handle the average 200 participants each year. Students must be able to identify and answer written questions about 150 wildlife (birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians) and a yearly rotating category. Questions cover identification, habitat, life history, and regulations pertaining to any of the species. A study list is available and includes the years’ rotating topic.

2018 ID Sheet PDF File Icon

Forestry Contest

The Ag-Activities Day Forestry Contest is a modified version of the Minnesota FFA Contest. Participants identify tree and wood samples as well as a selection of tools commonly used in the forestry profession. They also take a written exam covering topics such as forest policy, forest ecology, tree biology, the forest products industry, land survey, and forest measurements. Scores are based on a weighted combination of the identification and written portions of the exam. Thirty-five to seventy students participate in this event every year.

Landscape Contest

There are four parts to the Nursery/Landscape Contest.

  1. Judging - 10% of the contest is based on judging container grown woody plants and landscape plans.
  2. Information and skills written examination - 40% of the contest is based on questions regarding nursery production, plant science, plant propagation, landscape design and turf and grounds maintenance.
  3. Identification - 40% of the contest is based on identification of landscape plants including shade trees, ornamentals, evergreens, vines, ground covers, annuals and perennials, and weeds. 
  4. Practicum - 10% of the contest is based on problems relating to landscape construction: for example, calculating rock or turf for a given area.

Ag Mechanics Contest

The Ag and Nat R Activities Day Ag Mechanics Contest follows the contest subject matter as determined by the National FFA Association. ANRAD 2019 topics will include problem solving, performance skills and a written exam covering the following areas:

  • Agricultural Tractor and Equipment (Sprayer)
  • Engine Systems (Large or Small Engine)
  • Metal Fabrication – (SMAW, TIG, Plasma, Hot Metal)
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Building Construction

Crops Contest

The contest follows the FFA Contest rules. The crops contest consists of the following four phases:

  1. Crop and weed identification
  2. Agriculture Management
  3. Grain Grading
  4. Practicum three of them which includes something on seed analysis, along with ag chemicals, fertilizers, plant populations, seeding rates, or other management practices.

Soils Contest

  1. The soils contest will consist of judging 2 land areas using the "FF A Land Judging Scorecard" and instructions. The information in the "FFA Land Judging Scorecard Instructions" will be the subject matter guide.
  2. Teams will be composed of four members with the top three scores counting.
  3. Tiebreakers- The official judge or faculty chair shall determine the order of total pit scores that will be used to break ties.
  4. Materials available for FFA Land Judging are posted on the FF A website- https://cde.ffa.umn.edu/
  5. Minnesota FFA Land Judging Score Card (2017)
  6. FFA Land Judging Instructions (2006)
  7. Land Judging Placard (2006)

Farm Management Contest

The farm management contest is a contest which tests skills and knowledge about the management of a farm business. Items included in the contest are: (1) methods of accounting and understanding balance sheets and their interpretation; (2) income tax procedures and management; (3) farm management principles; (4) budgets; (5) enterprise analysis. The contest is similar to the FFA state and national contest.


Hippology is the study of horses, the contest will involve basic horse knowledge, such as anatomy, health, diseases, breeds, etc. We will be using the references that are established on the MN 4-H horse program website, so it will be the same study material as a 4-H test.

Milk Quality and Products

Members complete a written exam on milk production and marketing, evaluate milk samples for flavor and quality, identify cheeses, evaluate sediment pads and milker parts for defects, demonstrate problem solving skills in distinguishing real and artificial dairy foods, merchandising dairy foods, and current issues in marketing dairy foods.

Ag Sales

The Ag Sales event will consist of three parts: a written test, individual sales presentation, and a team sales activity. The event will be a team event consisting of six students, in which only the top four students are scored. All team members will participate in the test and individual sales presentations. Using the team approach, each team competes as a group in the team sales activity.

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

2019 Schedule of Events

coming soon...

2018 Schedule of Events

*subject to change

Printable Schedule PDF File Icon

Time Event

7:15 am

Horse Judging Registration (UTOC)

7:30 am

Horse Judging Contest

7:30 - 8:15 am

All other contest registration at site of contest

8:15 am

All contests begin (excluding General Livestock, Dairy and Hippology)

9:00 am

General Livestock and Dairy contest begins

10:00 am

FFA Regional Contests begin

10:00 am

Hippology contest begins (UTOC 120/130)

9:30 - 10:30 am

Advisors coffee and welcoming session (Brown Dining)

11:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch (Brown Dining Room, Eagle's Nest, or Crookston community)

1:00 - 1:15 pm

Region I Awards (Lysaker Gymnasium)

1:15 - 2:00 pm

Awards (Lysaker Gymnasium)

2018 Ag and NatR Activities Day Contest Locations

Contest Location

Ag Mechanics

Owen Hall 150, 180 and Hill Hall 108


Owen Hall 108 and 111

Dairy Judging

UTOC Foyer and Arena

Farm Management

Knutson (Sports Center) 115 and 116 

FFA Regional Contests
Job Interview
Public Speaking

Bede Ballroom E (Sargeant Student Center)
Bede Ballroom C (Sargeant Student Center)
Bede Ballroom D (Sargeant Student Center)
Bede Ballroom AB (Sargeant Student Center)


Hill Hall 112 and Greenhouse


Owen Hall 200 and 205

General Livestock

UTOC Foyer and Arena

Horse Judging

UTOC Foyer/Arena


Owen Hall 118 and 217


UTOC 120, 124 and 130


Hill Hall 210 and 215


Owen Hall 208 and 222 & Youngquist Auditorium

Small Animals

Kiehle Auditorium & Kiehle 105 and 116

2018 Results

2018 Results

Download the 2018 Results PDF File Icon

Contest 3rd Team 2nd Team 1st Team
Ag Mechanics Ada-Borup Hawley Willmar
Crops Park River Area Maccray Thief River Falls
Dairy Judging Parkers Prairie Menahga Pelican Rapids
Farm Mgmt Menahga Hawley Ada-Borup
Floriculture Grand Rapids Mahnomen Hawley
Forestry Detroit Lakes Menagha Grand Rapids
Genl Livestock Fertile-Beltrami Lac qui Parle Valley Barnesville
Hippology Thief River Falls Detroit Lakes Grand Rapids
Horses Minnewaska Blackduck Grand Rapids
Landscape Clearbrook-Gonvick Mahnomen Menahga
Small Animals Grand Rapids Lincoln Rothsay
Soils Hawley Battlelake Ada-Borup
Wildlife Deer River Fertile-Beltrami Grand Rapids


Contest 3rd Individual ($450) 2nd Individual ($600) 1st Individual ($750)
Ag Mechanics Benny Minten - Perham Isaiah Specht - Hawley Derrick Seubert - Willmar
Crops Owen Aakre - Hawley Lucas Nitschke - Edgeley-Kulm Lisa Kolseth - Thief River Falls
Dairy Judging Cassidy Kubitz - Pelican Rapids Tanner Shaw - Parkers Prairie Kaitlyn Rux - Hawley
Farm Mgmt Edward Salmen - Menahga Braden Rempel - Mountain Lake Landon Brandt - Hawley
Floriculture Beth Goodhart - Hawley Kara Hovelsrud - Hawley Dakota Kjos - Mahnomen
Forestry Gavin Meyer - Grand Rapids Eric Gunderson - Grand Rapids Tyler Curtiss - Grand Rapids
Genl Livestock Bella Philips - Marshall Kya Anderson - Barnesville Emma Erickson - Fertile-Beltrami
Hippology Tori Johnson - Detroit Lakes Emma Tolrud - Grand Rapids Tara Schultz - Grand Rapids
Horses Grace Mincermann - New York Mills Madison Knoblauch - Minnewaska Emma Tolrud - Grand Rapids
Landscape Miah Kettner - Mahnomen Laney Swiers - Mahnomen Lydia Isaacson - Menahga
Small Animals Elaina Knot - Lincoln Tomi Pavrus - Sebeka Rylee Rieken - Rothsay
Soils Brock Riewer-Frazee Carlos Medina IV - Ada-Borup/West Caleb Wutzke - Frazee
Wildlife Thor Konsjord - Deer River Logan Ekstein - Fertile-Beltrami Alex Timm - Grand Rapids

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