4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

State 4-H Plant Science Contest

The State 4-H Plant Science Contest is one of many activities that take place during California 4-H State Field Day. #StateFieldDay

Results from the 2018 Plant Science Contest


NC Sectionals plant entry
Location: Hart Hall Lobby, 1128, and 1130 

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
No preregistration necessary.

Contacts: Terry Berke, terry.berke@monsanto.com 

The Plant Science Contest is organized into three parts: Judging, Plant Identification, and Written. It provides opportunities for youth to increase their knowledge of horticultural plants and horticultural/plant science techniques, expand their ability to identify various plants, and interact with other youth interested in plant science. 

The 4-H Plant Science Contest teaches youth...

  • Applied biological/agricultural sciences including production of all plants.
  • Insight into agriculture and develop understanding of the basic principles of plant physiology as they relate to plant growth and development.
  • An understanding of the methods and values of scientific research and its influence on plants and soils.
  • The use of biotechnology as it pertains to the development of new and improved plant varieties.
  • The role of plant nutrients, water and soil in plant growth and the geographic areas suited for plant growth.
  • The use of integrated pest management practices (IPM) as part of an overall crop production system.

National Qualifier

2019 National Junior Horticultural Association Convention

October 11-14, 2019
Lincoln, Nebraska

The four highest scoring senior-age 4-H youth (15-18) will be eligible to be part of the California State 4-H Plant Science team representing California at the National Junior Horticultural Association Convention on October 11-14, 2019. This year, the National Convention will be in Lincoln, NE.

The California 4-H team (Miranda, Gwyneth, Samuel, Martha, and Coach Terry Berke at the 2018 National Junior Horticulture Association Convention.
The California 4-H team (Miranda, Gwyneth, Samuel, Martha, and Coach Terry Berke at the 2018 National Junior Horticulture Association Convention.

The California 4-H team at the National Junior Horticulture Association convention in St. Louis in October 2018 took home the 1st place team trophy! In addition, they placed 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th in the individual competitions.

In addition to the qualifying California 4-H team members, other 4-H youth can attend the convention and participate in demonstration, speech, cooking, and several other contests.

 

Resources

National Junior Horticultural Association (NJHA)

NJHA Study Manual - A good online resource for 4-H members interested in doing independent research on plant science

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) Master Gardener Program - The UC ANR Master Gardener Program extends UC research-based information about home horticulture and pest management to the public.

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