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The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky would like to invite your organization to the Virtual UK 4-H/FFA Field Day that will occur throughout the days of April 12-20.

We are excited about the opportunity for students to participate in a variety of events and hope that Field Day can serve as a motivator during this confusing time. This year’s event will encompass a plethora of events that will assess one’s agricultural skill sets.

Due to the nature of this virtual event, it is imperative that you register early and read the rules of the events published in the contest bulletin. Many events will need specific items in order to facilitate the event properly, specifically, welding and floriculture. Please be sure that your students have the necessary materials needed before they log in to compete. 

For further questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Stacy Vincent or Mr. Andrew Hauser.

T-SHIRT SALES

So your chapter can still take home part of the Field Day experience as if we were back on campus, we have a Field Day t-shirt that chapters can order. Dr. Rebekah Epps will be facilitating the shirt sale and distribution. These can be pre-ordered and shipped directly to your school. For more information, please contact Dr. Rebekah Epps.

USE OF ZOOM

For the facilitation of events, UK 4-H/FFA Field Day will be using Zoom software. Please let your administrators know so the firewall is open in your district. The university’s zoom account is highly secure and our team will be managing each competition and removing individuals who do not belong in contest rooms.

To allow for a smooth event, we encourage every competitor to have the following updates on their computer or mobile device:

  • Desktop client or mobile app: version 5.3.0 or higher
  • ChromeOS: version 5.0.0 (4241.1207) or higher

JOIN YOUR EVENT BELOW


Monday, April 12

9:30 AM ET | AGRISCIENCE FAIR | JOIN CONTEST HERE

This contest allows students to apply scientific principles and emerging technology to the agricultural industry, while letting them explore their own interests. These projects will incorporate the effective use of an abstract, a safety sheet, and non-human/human vertebrate endorsement, a research paper, an exhibit and an oral presentation. Each student will explain their findings to a panel of judges. Experiments must be completed before arrival to the fair. The Agriscience fair will consist of two divisions: Division I is open to individuals and two-member teams in grades 7, 8, 9, Division II is open to individuals and two-member teams in grades 10, 11, 12.

12:00 PM ET | MEATS EVALUATION | JOIN CONTEST HERE

This is a combination activity, involving instruction and hands-on experience in the following area: Identification of retail meat cuts; quality and yield grading; and meat placing. Real, fresh meat cuts may be used if available.

3:00 PM ET | ATV SAFETY | JOIN CONTEST HERE


Tuesday, April 13

9:30 AM ET | DAIRY EVALUATION - JOIN CONTEST HERE

A team will evaluate a class of dairy cows. Students should familiarize themselves with comparative terms and should be prepared to give oral reasons.

12:00 PM ET | HORSE INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE - JOIN CONTEST HERE

This event will give students a chance to display their knowledge on different aspects of the horse industry. Students will answer questions on the horse industry, virtually judge two classes of horses, and identify equipment/tack. The quiz will cover breeds, gaits, feeds, tack, etc.

3:00 PM ET | STEM CHALLENGE - JOIN CONTEST HERE

With the landing of the NASA Perseverance Rover mission to Mars, future engineers are going to have to think about what a crewed lander would look like for the Red Planet.  Your challenge is to  Design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two “astronauts” when they land. In this challenge, participants follow the engineering design process to: (1) design and build a shock-absorbing system out of paper, straws, and mini-marshmallows; (2) attach their shock absorber to a cardboard platform; and (3) improve their design based on testing results.


Wednesday, April 14

9:30 AM ET | LIVESTOCK EVALUATION - JOIN CONTEST HERE

The activity will consist of judging 4 classes of livestock. Limited instruction will precede the contest. Students will have 10 minutes per class to evaluate livestock, mark their placing, and take notes. Students should bring a notebook and pencil, as they will be asked questions about livestock in two classes. The question classes will consist of ten questions each. Students should have prior experience marking cards and evaluating livestock.

12:00 PM ET | FFA/4-H QUIZ BOWL - JOIN CONTEST HERE

This contest is available for freshman and below. Each team will answer questions regarding historical event and facts regarding the National FFA Organization and the National 4-H. This will be a team quick recall competition.

3:00 PM ET | SEED ID - JOIN CONTEST HERE

This event allows members to identify common crop and weed seeds. Participation is limited to 7th - 9th graders who have completed no more than one year of agricultural education. For programs without 7th – 9th grade members, first year 10th grade members would be eligible.


Thursday, April 15

9:30 AM ET | DEMONSTRATIONS - JOIN CONTEST HERE

Contest includes demonstrations in the following categories: animal, engineering and technology, horticulture, outdoor recreation, and food science.

9:30 AM ET | LIFESMARTS - JOIN CONTEST HERE

Teams will test their knowledge in consumer and life skills by participating in a single elimination quick recall tournament. Youth should be familiar with the use of quick recall buzzer process – following the moderator’s reading of the question, the first individual to hit their quick recall buzzer will receive permission to answer the question asked.

12:00 PM ET | FORESTRY EVALUATION - JOIN CONTEST HERE

An event to test students knowledge on aspects of forestry in Kentucky. Kentucky tree identification by their leaves, and identification of common Kentucky wildlife by pelt and tracks. Student will also test their general forestry knowledge.

3:00 PM ET | SERVING OUT LOUD - JOIN CONTEST HERE

Students will provide a 5-minute presentation and entertain, up to; 5-minutes of questions regarding a proposal they have to improve their community. Students are allowed to deliver their presentation with the use of wireless technology (cordless laptop, tablet, etc.). This is an individual presentation within the grades of 8 – 12. Civic leadership proposals should fall under one of the following categories:

  • Quality of Life = Impacts life experiences, including health, recreation and social services
  • Economic & Workforce Development = Addresses poverty and economic self-sufficiency, or stimulates economic growth
  • Educating for Tomorrow = Advances access to educational development
  • Community Change = Making a meaningful change in people’s lives and neighborhoods

Competitors should utilize the resources that are currently available rather than providing fictitious concepts.
Example of a civic leadership proposal:

  • Clearing a trail in a neighborhood park in order to increase walking
  • Developing an anti-smoking campaign at elementary schools
  • Creation of a high school internship for juniors with local businesses

Friday, April 16

9:30 AM ET | JR/SR JOB INTERVIEW - JOIN CONTEST HERE

This competition allows students the opportunity to showcase their skills in a professional setting. Students will be divided into two categories, Junior and Senior divisions, according to grade: (Junior- 7th-10th, Senior 11th-12th). Students competing in the senior division should be dressed in Official FFA Attire or Official 4-H Attire. This event will help students polish their skills in landing a job and launching your career. During this competition, each student will interview for a job, of their choice, in agriculture. Each student will need to bring with them a resume and a cover letter to be evaluated by the judges. The letter should be written in regards to the position the student desires to apply for. The selected position should relate to the career objective section of the resume.

12:00 PM ET | AGRONOMY - JOIN CONTEST HERE

The Agronomy Career Development Event (CDE) activity will provide students with an overview of the state contest consisting of an instruction and mini competition. The CDE has the following sections: Crop and Weed Identification, Insect Identification, Soil and Water Management activity, and a General Knowledge Exam.

3:00 PM ET | CITIZENSHIP BOWL - JOIN CONTEST HERE

This is an individual event that is open to all 4-H and FFA members. Individuals will be tested on their civic knowledge. All 4-H & FFA Members from 9-17 registered may compete this year. Participants prepare for the competition by utilizing the KY 4-H Citizenship Curriculum resources. We will use the 100  questions from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test as the final authority for all oral questions at the state competition.


Monday, April 19

9:30 AM ET | WELDING - JOIN CONTEST HERE

The activity will consist of 3 welds to be completed in 12 minutes. The 3 welds required are as follows: a stringer bead done in the flat position, a butt weld done in the vertical up position (the weld is started at the bottom of the joint and finished at the top), and a fillet weld done in the vertical up position. Each contestant will be given 4 electrodes (1/8-e6011) to use in completing their weld specimen. Each weld is to be done using 1 electrode for each bead and the entire length of each electrode is to be used for the weld bead. A practice electrode will be provided to tack the plates together and to use to set the welding current of the welder. Each contest and will be given 3 plates (3/16”x2”x6”) on which they are to make completed welds and 1 practice plates to use to set the welder. At site registration, the contestants will be grouped into groups of 8. Verbal instructions will be given and a sample of each completed weld specimen will be shown to each contestant.

9:30 AM ET | NURSERY EVALUATION - JOIN CONTEST HERE

This is a combination activity, involving instruction and hands-on experience in the following area: Identification of woody ornamentals using twigs and leaves. Whole plants may be used if available. Students will receive a brief talk on plant identification before the identification portion begins.

12:00 PM ET | FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT - JOIN CONTEST HERE

This activity focuses on the principles used in making farm management decisions and will include questions with regard to farm taxes, financial analysis, the futures market, record keeping, computer use, etc. Students may find it useful to study the farm management modules in preparation for this activity. Instruction will precede this activity regarding planning the mission and goals of farm business. Students should bring a calculator.

3:00 PM ET | VETERINARY SCIENCE - JOIN CONTEST HERE

The vet science event is developed to allow students to test their knowledge in several different settings. The vet science event has three sections, a written exam, an identification section, and an application section where students will perform a task associated with veterinary science. Content areas of all three sections will include but may not be limited to Behavior, disease, medical terminology, medical records, anatomy/physiology, regulations, patient management, facility management, and genetics.


Tuesday, April 20

9:30 AM ET | FLORICULTURE EVALUATION - JOIN CONTEST HERE

Think you know flowers? This contest will give you the opportunity to show off your floral identification skills. Students will identify the scientific/common name of a selection of flowers utilized in the floral industry. In addition, the floriculture team will design a floral arrangement for the theme described on the day of the event. This contest is excellent practice for floriculture evaluation at the Kentucky State Fair.

9:30 AM ET | AUCTIONEERING - JOIN CONTEST HERE

This is an individual event. Each chapter could bring up to 2 contestants in this event. The contestant will auctioneer a selected item. The competitor must be an amateur without an auctioneering license.


Download the full 2021 Contest Bulletin Here