Agriculture + Innovation = AGOVATION

Indianola, Iowa – A new program coordinated by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach encourages youth to explore local agricultural problems and develop innovative solutions through hands-on research, teamwork and problem solving.
 
The program, doubly named AgOvation for its blending of agriculture and innovation, is open to teams of two to five youth in grades 7 through 12. The youth are challenged to work with an adult coach and industry mentor to identify and research a local agricultural problem, and then create a solution. Teams then present their findings and/or product solutions to a panel of judges.
 
“One of the consistent themes we hear from the agriculture industry is the challenge of talent acquisition in today’s rapidly changing world of ag,” said Logan Kinyon, ISU Extension and Outreach Warren County youth coordinator. “AgOvation provides youth with the opportunity to develop these career skills as they research and develop solutions to what they feel are relevant problems in agriculture.”
 
The AgOvation project areas mirror the Pillars of Agriculture Literacy, which connect agriculture to crucial topics in society. These include:
·       The Relationship Between Agriculture and Animals
·       The Relationship Between Agriculture and Lifestyle
·       The Relationship Between Agriculture and the Economy
·       The Relationship Between Agriculture and Food, Fiber and Energy
·       The Relationship Between Agriculture and the Environment
·       The Relationship Between Agriculture and Technology
 
Not only are youth developing much needed career skills and an interest in the agriculture industry, they can also compete to win monetary scholarships.
 
“The top three teams at the state level will receive scholarship money towards the college, university or accredited trade school of their choosing,” Kinyon said. “The first place team at the state level will split $4,000 in scholarship money. So, for example, if there are four members on the team, each individual would receive $1,000.”  
 
Youth teams must register through their local county ISU Extension and Outreach office by February 15th, 2019. They then have the spring and summer to complete their project, before presenting at the regional event to be scheduled for the summer or early fall. Following the regional competition, teams have the opportunity to make improvements to their project before competing at the AgOvation State Finals in Ames next October.
 
“This is a great opportunity for community partners to work together in supporting our local youth and their interests in science and agriculture,” Kinyon said. “The program is coordinated by the ISU Extension and Outreach Youth Development Team, but teams need at least one local coach and industry mentor.”
 
Youth interested in forming a team or adults interested in volunteering or providing donations are encouraged to contact the ISU Extension and Outreach, Warren County office or contact Kinyon directly at 515-961-6237 or lkinyon@iastate.edu.

Want t
o see an example of what this looks like
? Visit
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to see one
example from Minnesota’s similar Science in Ag program.
Want t
o see an example of what this looks like
? Visit
https://youtu.be/kOsFhrXFscQ
to see one
example from Minnesota’s similar Science in Ag program.
Want t
o see an example of what this looks like
? Visit
https://youtu.be/kOsFhrXFscQ
to see one
example from Minnesota’s similar Science in Ag program.

Want to see an example of what this program looks like? Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOsFhrXFscQ&feature=youtu.be to see one example from Minnesota's similar Science in Ag program! 
 
 

Want t
o see an example of what this looks like
? Visit
https://youtu.be/kOsFhrXFscQ
to see one
example from Minnesota’s similar Science in Ag program.
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