An event with a long tradition at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, Ag and Natural Resources Activities Day, is usually held in December, and brings in some 1,300 high school students (nearly 50 different schools) to the Crookston campus. This competition has been held at the U of M, Crookston for more than 30 years, is overseen by faculty in the U of M, Crookston Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.
The more than 20 contests range from horticulture and forestry to ag mechanics, livestock, and sales. "Students really enjoy the competition at Ag and Natural Resources Activities Day," said Ron Del Vecchio, head of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. "Offering students this opportunity to compete with their peers in the field of agriculture and natural resources proves to be a great time for everyone and especially beneficial for the students."
An awards ceremony culminates the day. Scholarships, plaques and certificates are awarded to school teams and individuals for each contest. Typically, more than $32,000 in scholarships are available to award-winning students.
The event is sponsored by the Crookston campus Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.