• Agriculture and Natural Resources Day 50 years plus banner with students from across the region in the Lysaker Gymnasium and Regal the Eagle greeting them
  • Small Animals Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Forestry Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Wildlife Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Wildlife Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Group of Students Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Floriculture Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Floriculture Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Floriculture Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • Floriculture Contest at UMC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day
  • UMC ANRAD Logo placed over a open country scene.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day

Friday, December 2, 2022

Agriculture and Natural Resources Day (ANRAD) 50 plus years strong logoAg & 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 15 contests for students to compete in. The contests are overseen by UMC Agriculture and Natural Resources Department faculty. In 2021, 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 2021, $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 28, 2022.  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.

Register Online Now!

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.

We're looking forward to hosting your teams during another great Ag & NatR Activities Day!

Contest Descriptions

Contest Descriptions

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 2022 topics will include problem solving, performance skills and a written exam covering the following areas:

  • Agricultural Tractor and Equipment - Utility Tractor
  • Engine Systems - Large and/or Small Engines
  • Metal Fabrication – Cold Metal (no welding this year)
  • Electric Motors, Controls and Sensing Devices
  • Concrete, Masonry and Plumbing

Crops Contest

The contest follows the FFA contest rules. The crops contest consists of the following four phases:

  1. Crop and weed identification
  2. Grain Grading
  3. Management Test
  4. Practicums. Practicum topics include soils, insects, seed analysis, pesticides, fertilizers, and varietal trial.

Dairy Cattle Judging Contest

The Dairy Cattle Judging contest helps students develop skills in dairy cattle selection and herd management.

Participants will participate in the following portions of the contest

  • Evaluation of three live classes
  • Evaluation of two paper classes
    • Sire Selection
    • Pedigree

*Note participants will NOT have to perform oral reasons

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.

Floriculture Contest

There are four parts to the Floriculture Contest

  1. 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. 
  2. Problem Solving- Will include 10 multiple-choice questions. (Examples will be selected from the MN CDE Floriculture List).
  3. 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) 
  4. 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:

  1. Team- Design a new food product or reformulate an existing product based on development scenario and provide a marketing scenario.
  2. As individuals- Complete a food safety & sanitation and sensory activity.
  3. As individuals- An 50 point multiple choice objective exam.

Note: This contest is limited to the first 10 teams to register.

2022 Scenario and Food Product Information Sheet PDF File Icon 

Forestry Contest

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.

Nursery/Landscape Contest

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.

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:

  1. Written Exam – multiple choice
  2. Animal Identification – Identifying the 5 species in either photos or live animals 
  3. 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:

  1. Calculator
  2. Clipboard
  3. #2 Pencil

Soils Contest

  1. 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.
  2. Teams will be composed of four members with the top three scores counting.
  3. Tiebreakers- The official judge or faculty chair shall determine the order of total pit scores that will be used to break ties.
  4. Materials available for FFA Land Judging are posted on the FF A website- https://cde.ffa.umn.edu/
  5. Minnesota FFA Land Judging Score Card (2017)
  6. FFA Land Judging Instructions (2006)
  7. Land Judging Placard (2006)

Wildlife Contest

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.

2022 Wildlife Contest ID Sheet PDF File Icon

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

2022 Schedule of Events

*subject to change, updated 11/21/2022

2022 Printable Schedule PDF File Icon

Time Event

7:15 am

Horse Judging Registration (UTOC)

7:30 am

Horse Judging Contest

7:30 - 8:15 am

All other contest registration at site of contest

8:15 am

All contests begin (excluding General Livestock, Dairy and Hippology)

9:30 am

General Livestock and Dairy contest begins

10:00 am

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)

2022 Ag and NatR Activities Day Contest Locations

Contest Location

Ag Mechanics

Prairie RoomOwen Hall 150, 180 and Hill Hall 108


Owen Hall 108 & 111, Hill Hall 102, Youngquist Auditorium

Dairy Judging

UTOC Foyer and Arena

Farm Management

Hill Hall 104 and 115


Hill Hall 112 and Greenhouse

Food Science & Technology

Heritage Hall Foyer and kitchens, Centennial Hall 1108


Owen Hall 200 and 205

General Livestock

UTOC Foyer and Arena


UTOC 120, 124 and 130

Horse Judging

UTOC Foyer and Arena


Owen Hall 217 and 270 (Academic Success Center)

Milk Quality and Products

Bergland LaboratoryOwen Hall 118

Small Animals

Kiehle Auditorium and Kiehle 124


Hill Hall 210 and 215


Bede Ballroom (Sargeant Student Center) A,B,C,D and E

2019 Results

2019 Results

Download the 2019 Results PDF File Icon

Contest 3rd Team 2nd Team 1st Team
Ag Mechanics Ada-Borup Willmar Hawley
Ag Sales Rothsay Fertile-Beltrami Climax
Crops Hawley MACCRAY New London - Spicer
Dairy Judging Lac qui Parle Valley Marshall Detroit Lakes
Farm Mgmt Fertile-Beltrami Pellican Rapids Hawley
Floriculture Hawley Mahnomen Grand Rapids
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
Landscape MACCRAY Menahga Mahnomen
Milk Quality& Prod Frazee Greenway New York Mills
Small Animals Menahga Deer River Grand Rapids
Soils Sebeka Menahga Battle Lake
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

2020 Results

2020 Results

ANRAD was not held during 2020 due to COVID-19.

2021 Results

2021 Results

Download the 2021 Results PDF File Icon

Contest 3rd Team 2nd Team 1st Team
Ag Mechanics Dawson-Boyd Barnsville Willmar
Crops New London - Spicer Ashby Ada-Borup
Dairy Judging Marshall Pelican Rapids Sebeka
Farm Mgmt Osakis Morris Area Hawley
Floriculture Mahnomen Menahga Grand Rapids
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
Soils Sebeka Hawley Frazee
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

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