Friday, December 2, 2022

ANRAD Logo 50+ years strong

Agriculture and Natural Resources 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


Rooms are available for reservation at:

  • AmericInn (218-281-7800)
  • Cobblestone Inn & Suites (218-470-1111)
  • Crookston Inn (218-281-5210)


    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 requires judgment ability to select/rank four animals from best to worst based on an industry "ideal". This skill is important when buying or culling animals that will be profitable. This selection process is based on visual appraisal as opposed to evaluation of milk performance data or DHIA records. In larger contests, a set of oral reasons is required, which is a verbal justification for your placing. A perfect score is "50". For this part of the contest, 3 live animal classes will be utilized, Spring Yearling Heifers, Fall Yearling Heifers, and Dry Cows. Also included in this contest are evaluation of 2 paper classes.  The sire selection includes a scenario to rank animals by their compatibility to the given cow, while the pedigree is solely ranked on the given genetics and DHIA record.

    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

    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 maintenance.
    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:
      • 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:

    • Calculator
    • Clipboard
    • #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-
    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

    Schedule of Events

    2022 Schedule of Events

    *subject to change, updated 12/1/2022

    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)

    9:00 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, 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 (Student 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


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    2022 Results

    Download the 2022 Results 

    Team Contest Winners

    Contest 3rd Team 2nd Team 1st Team
    Ag Mechanics Hawley FFA Willmar High School Fosston High School
    Crops Ada-Borup West New London-Spicer Sebeka
    Dairy Judging Battle Lake FFA MACCRAY FFA Pelican Rapids
    Farm Mgmt Lac qui Parle Valley Ulen-Hitterdal MACCRAY
    Floriculture Park Rapids FFA Menahga FFA Grand Rapids FFA
    Food Science & Technology Detroit Lakes Fisher School Richland 44
    Forestry Menahga Park Rapids  Grand Rapids FFA
    Genl Livestock Frazee-Vergas Fergus Falls FFA Kelliher FFA
    Hippology Hawley FFA Ashby FFA Grand Rapids FFA
    Horses Fisher School  Hawley FFA  Grand Rapids FFA
    Landscape Park Rapids FFA Ashby FFA New York Mills FFA
    Milk Quality & Products Crookston Park Rapids Menahga
    Small Animals Ada-Borup West Park Rapids Grand Rapids FFA
    Soils Battle Lake FFA Frazee-Vergus Hawley FFA
    Wildlife Osakis Deer River Grand Rapids FFA

    Individual Contest Winners

    Contest 3rd Individual ($450) 2nd Individual ($600) 1st Individual ($750)
    Ag Mechanics Dustin Seubert - Willmar Wade Gorder - Richland 44 Ben Capistran - Crookston
    Crops Rylan Altermatt - New London-Spicer Tiffany Siltala - Sebeka Marissa Ewert - Sebeka
    Dairy Judging Joie Koll - Menahga Jordan Thein - MACCRAY Janae LaFerriere - Pelican Rapids
    Farm Mgmt Malinda Peterson - MACCRAY Madison Groth - Ulen-Hitterdal Evan Olson - Oakes/SargentCentral/Ellendale
    Floriculture Dayton Landey - Grand Rapids  Julianna Haataja - Menahga Janelle Lento - Menahga
    Food Science & Technology Eric Moen - Richland 44 Nicholas Wulfekuhle - Richland 44 Makayla Baumgartner - Detroit Lakes
    Forestry Kaiya Grossman - Grand Rapids Emma Bradford - Grand Rapids Alfred Necas - Grand Rapids
    Genl Livestock Avery Klabunde - Detroit Lakes Madelyn Aakre - Hawley Marcus Johnson - Kelliher FFA
    Hippology Jade Benning - Wadena Deer Creek Ava Peters - Grand Rapids Christian Milbrandt - Lac qui Parle Valley
    Horses Ava Gunhovd - Fertile-Beltrami Destiny Kreuger - Thief River Falls Trisha Crews - Perham
    Landscape Haley Korkowsky - New York Mills Samantha Mattson - Glencoe-Silver Lake FFA Morgan Guck - New York Mills
    Milk Quality & Products Lyvia Livermore - Park Rapids Isabella Aho - Menahga Eliana Cole - Battlelake
    Small Animals Lauren Thompson - Ada-Borup Kylie Clark - Fosston Emma Seeley - Grand Rapids
    Soils Jake Hoelsrad - Hawley Athena Olson - Greenway  Zachary Johanson - Battlelake 
    Wildlife Ben Harker - Grand Rapids Eily Sonder - Grand Rapids Isaac Palecek - Grand Rapids

    2021 Results

    Download the 2021 Results

    Team Contest Winners

    Contest 3rd Team 2nd Team 1st Team
    Ag Mechanics Dawson-Boyd Barnesville 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


    Individual Contest Winners

    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

    2020 Results

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