Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
Friday, December 3, 2021
Ag & NatR Activities Day (ANRAD) has been taking place at the University of Minnesota, Crookston for over 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. In 2019, 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. In 2019, $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 30, 2021. 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.
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.
COVID-19 Protocols: All University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to wear an acceptable face mask that is properly fitted to cover the wearer’s nose and mouth, wrap under the chin, and not have any noticeable gaps at all times when in any enclosed or indoor space on University campuses and properties for more information please visit: University of Minnesota Face Covering Policy
We're looking forward to hosting your teams during another great Ag & NatR Activities Day!
Ag Mechanics Contest
The Ag and Natural Resources Activities Day Ag Mechanics Contest follows the contest subject matter as determined by the Minnesota FFA Association. Topics will follow the same subject rotation to be covered during state FFA competitions during the current school year. ANRAD 2021 topics will include problem solving, performance skills and a written exam covering the following areas:
- Agricultural Tractor and Equipment - Skid Steer Loader
- Engine Systems - Large and/or Small Engines
- Metal Fabrication – Arc Welding
- Electrical Circuits
- Building Construction - may include Surveying
Ag Sales - CANCELLED
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 up to 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.
The contest follows the FFA contest rules. The crops contest consists of the following four phases:
- Crop and weed identification
- Grain Grading
- Management Test
- Practicums. Practicum topics include soils, insects, seed analysis, pesticides, fertilizers, and varietal trial.
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.
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.
There are four parts to the Floriculture Contest
- 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.
- Problem Solving- Will include 10 multiple-choice questions. (Examples will be selected from the MN CDE Floriculture List).
- 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)
- Floriculture Tool & Equipment Identification - Students will identify 15 examples by actual sample or picture. (Samples will be selected from the MN CDE Floriculture List)
Food Science Contest
This contest is designed to assess student knowledge and understanding of food product development, food presentation and food safety issues. Students will be expected to problem solve and come up with a creative spin on their own homemade cuisine following our provided development scenario. Students will participate in both team and individual activities which are as follows:
- Team- Design a new food product or reformulate an existing product based on development scenario and provide a marketing scenario.
- As individuals- Complete a food safety & sanitation and sensory activity.
- As individuals- An 50 point multiple choice objective exam.
Note: This contest is limited to the first 10 teams to register.
The Forestry Contest is a modified version of the Minnesota FFA Forestry 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.
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".
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.
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.
There are four parts to the Nursery/Landscape Contest.
1. Problem Solving - 12% 10-20 multiple-choice questions dealing with a given scenario at 5-10 points per question. No more than two questions be from the following areas. Not all areas will be used each year.
- Plant disorders and pest treatments
- Landscape design or plant selection
- Retail Pricing given wholesale information
- Nursery plant production schedule
- Determine equipment specifications, demonstrate pre-check operations.
- Lawn care procedures and equipment operation.
- Chemical handling procedures, e .. g., fertilizer or pesticide equipment calibration and application.
- Preparing service receipts.
- Plant material quality assessment.
- Pruning maintenance.
- Safety practices.
Questions may use bare root, container grown, balled and burlapped nursery stock or landscape plans.
2. Exam - 35% of the contest is based on questions regarding nursery production, plant science, soils, fertilization, plant materials, plant propagation, landscape design, landscape practices and turf and grounds
3. Plant Equipment/Pest Identification - 44% of the contest is based on identification of landscape plants including shade trees, ornamentals, evergreens, vines, ground covers, annuals and perennials, and weeds.
4. Practicums (2) - 12% of the contest is based on problems relating to two practicums selected from the following areas:
Two practicums will be selected from the following areas:
- Determine necessary soil amounts for potting.
- Calculate needed material for patio and sidewalks using pavers and keystone system.
- Determine materials for retaining wall
- Pruning nursery stock.
- Determining material for planting a bed or hedge.
- Establish a lawn by seeding or sodding.
- Volume and area for different plots.
- Estimate materials for a given landscape plan, use of architects scale.
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.
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:
- Written Exam – multiple choice
- Animal Identification – Identifying the 5 species in either photos or live animals
- 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:
- #2 Pencil
- 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.
- Teams will be composed of four members with the top three scores counting.
- Tiebreakers- The official judge or faculty chair shall determine the order of total pit scores that will be used to break ties.
- Materials available for FFA Land Judging are posted on the FF A website- https://cde.ffa.umn.edu/
- Minnesota FFA Land Judging Score Card (2017)
- FFA Land Judging Instructions (2006)
- Land Judging Placard (2006)
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.
Schedule of Events
Schedule of Events
2021 Schedule of Events
*subject to change, updated 12/1/2021
|Horse Judging Registration (UTOC)|
|Horse Judging Contest|
7:30 - 8:15 am
|All other contest registration at site of contest|
|All contests begin (excluding General Livestock, Dairy and Hippology)|
|General Livestock and Dairy contest begins|
|Hippology contest begins (UTOC 120/124/130)|
9:30 - 10:30 am
|Advisors Welcome session (Brown Dining)|
11:00 - 1:00 pm
|Lunch for guests (Brown Dining Room, Eagle's Nest, or Crookston community)|
1:00 - 2:00 pm
|ANRAD Awards (Lysaker Gymnasium)|
2021 Ag and NatR Activities Day Contest Locations
UTOC Foyer and Arena
|Hill Hall 104 and 115|
Food Science & Technology
Owen Hall 200 and 205
UTOC Foyer and Arena
|UTOC 120, 124 and 130|
|UTOC Foyer and Arena|
|Owen Hall 217 and 270 (Academic Success Center)|
Milk Quality and Products
Kiehle Auditorium and Kiehle 124
Hill Hall 210 and 215
Bede Ballroom (Sargeant Student Center) A,B,C,D and E
|Contest||3rd Team||2nd Team||1st Team|
|Crops||Hawley||MACCRAY||New London - Spicer|
|Dairy Judging||Lac qui Parle Valley||Marshall||Detroit Lakes|
|Farm Mgmt||Fertile-Beltrami||Pellican Rapids||Hawley|
|Food Science & Tech||Fisher||Detroit Lakes||Mahnomen|
|Forestry||Park Rapids||Sebeka||Grand Rapids|
|Genl Livestock||Pelican Rapids||Minnewaska||Pembina County 4-H|
|Hippology||Detroit Lakes||Grand Rapids||New London - Spicer|
|Horses||Blackduck||Grand Rapids||New London - Spicer|
|Milk Quality& Prod||Frazee||Greenway||New York Mills|
|Small Animals||Menahga||Deer River||Grand Rapids|
|Wildlife||Park Rapids||Grand Rapids||Fertile-Beltrami|
|Contest||3rd Individual ($450)||2nd Individual ($600)||1st Individual ($750)|
|Ag Mechanics||Benjamin Minten - Perham||Daniel Jossund - Ada-Borup||Isaiah Specht - Hawley|
|Ag Sales||Caidyn Johnson - Fertile-Beltrami||Trinity Erickson - Climax||Courtney Vatnsdal - Climax|
|Crops||Isaac Lindquist - New London-Spicer||Robert Schimerowski - New London - Spicer||Owen Aakre - Hawley|
|Dairy Judging||Reece Johnson - Detroit Lakes||Grace Meech - Sebeka||Kaitlyn Boblish - Marshall|
|Farm Mgmt||Nick Palmer - Hawley||Katie Christensen -Battle Lake||Joey Aakre - Hawley|
|Floriculture||Jeremy Fenske - Hawley||Jaryn Johannsen - Frazee||Abby Johnson - Grand Rapids|
|Food Science & Tech||Robert Blanchard - Detroit Lakes||Nikohla Fartier - Mahnomen||Ian McArthur - Mahnomen|
|Forestry||Brant Kortekaus - Grand Rapids||Hunter Skaro - Sebeka||Tyler Curtiss - Grand Rapids|
|Genl Livestock||Hope Braaten - Minnewaska||Aaron Sip - Ada-Borup||Kari Jones - Pelican Rapids|
|Hippology||Eleanor Wehseler - New London-Spicer||Ava Peters - Grand Rapids||Victoria Johnson - Detroit Lakes|
|Horses||Ava Peters - Grand Rapids||Jade Benng - Wadena||Avery Fler - Minnewaska|
|Landscape||Emily Santjer - MACCRAY||Miah Kettner - Mahnomen||Lora Isaacson - Menahga|
|Milk Quality & Prod||Angela Malikowski - Frazee||Kaitlyn Geiser - New York Mills||Trinity Serfling - Greenway|
|Small Animals||CharleeAnn Putman - Frazee||Kayden Gabel - Greenway||Coral Mattison - Thief River Falls|
|Soils||Thomas Johansen - Hawley||Elizabeth Radermacher - Battle Lake||Jacob Savela - Sebeka|
|Wildlife||Jacob Anderson - Grand Rapids||Dane Kennedy - Grand Rapids||
Logan Ekstein - Fertile-Beltrami
ANRAD was not held during 2020 due to COVID-19.
|Contest||3rd Team||2nd Team||1st Team|
|Crops||New London - Spicer||Ashby||Ada-Borup|
|Dairy Judging||Marshall||Pelican Rapids||Sebeka|
|Farm Mgmt||Osakis||Morris Area||Hawley|
|Food Science & Tech||Rothsay||Crookston 5||Detroit Lakes|
|Forestry||Menahga||Park Rapids||Grand Rapids|
|Genl Livestock||Fosston FFA||Pelican Rapids||Rothsay|
|Hippology||Wadena FFA||Grand Rapids||Sargent County|
|Horses||Lac Qui Parle Valley||Wadena FFA||Grand Rapids FFA|
|Landscape||Grand Rapids||New York Mills||MacCray|
|Milk Quality& Prod||New York Mills||Greenway||Menahga|
|Small Animals||Deer River||Battle Lake||Richland 44|
|Wildlife||Deer River||New York Mills||Grand Rapids|
|Contest||3rd Individual ($450)||2nd Individual ($600)||1st Individual ($750)|
|Ag Mechanics||Nicholas Wiese - Verndale||Distin Seubert - Willmar||Wyatt Dunham - Hawley|
|Crops||Tony Roesch - Ada-Borup-West||Evan Paulson - Ashby||Robert Schimerowski - New London-Spicer|
|Dairy Judging||Hunter Williams - Pelican Rapids||Kaity Goblish - Marshall||Grace Meech - Sebeka|
|Farm Mgmt||Noah Erickson - Morris Area||Lauren Walter - Osakis||Joey Aakre - Hawley|
|Floriculture||Georgia Wark - Mahnomen||Vera Wourms - Grand Rapids||Abby Johnson - Grand Rapids|
|Food Science & Tech||Kaiden Roberts - Breckenridge||Samantha Rezac - Crookston||Zachary Christ - Rothsay|
|Forestry||Kelsey Berghuis - Park Rapids||Brock Tavelich - Grand Rapids||Alfred Neces - Grand Rapids|
|Genl Livestock||Breckin Anderson - Breckenridge||Trinity Erickson - Climax||Andre Egoroff - Fosston FFA|
|Hippology||Ava Peters - Grand Rapids||Jade Benning - Wadena||Kari Fuhrman - Sargent County|
|Horses||Sarah Kurth - Park Rapids FFA||Julia Teiken - Detroit Lakes FFA||Destiney Krueger - Thief River Falls FFA|
|Landscape||Morgan Guck - New York Mills||Lillian Holl - Pelican Rapids||Hannah Grose - Grand Rapids|
|Milk Quality & Prod||Miranda Thomsen - Greenway||Avery Ano - Menahga||Kaitlyn Geiser - New York Mills|
|Small Animals||Cora Hermunslie - Richland 44||Megan Floria - Grand Rapids||Joshua Price - Morris Area|
|Soils||Allison Jepson - Frazee||Kodian Schermerhorn||Raymond Holzhauer - Frazee|
|Wildlife||Hunter Wiegele - Deer River||Ben Harker - Grand Rapids||
Jacob Anderson - Grand Rapids