State crop scouting competitions (CSCs) promote agriculture by introducing youths in Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska to various agricultural disciplines while focusing on integrated pest management (IPM). High school students compete as teams to address crop management issues at various stations. Each station is led by university representatives. Two surveys were conducted to determine the impacts of the competition on students. Results indicate that students improved in skills key to future careers and that they learned about aspects of IPM. CSCs can serve as models for states that wish to improve ties between university-based Extension specialists and state high schools.
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Freije, A. N., Sisson, A., VanDeWalle, B., Gerber, C., Mueller, D., & Wise, K. A. (2017). Preparing Youths for Careers in Agriculture Through State Crop Scouting Competitions. Journal of Extension, 55(4), Article 12. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol55/iss4/12