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The Agriscience Fair is held at the State FFA Convention and is open to all dues paying FFA members in grades 7 through 12. The Agriculture Science Fair allows students to enter research projects in one of six categories, with each category having six divisions.

Participants will conduct and investigate a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture and food science industries and present their findings to the judge(s) with a display and report. FFA members may pick from one of the following categories: Animal Systems; Environmental Services / Natural Resource Systems; Food Products and Processing Systems; Plant Systems; Power, Structural and Technical Systems; Social Systems. 

A National FFA Agriculture Science Fair is conducted at the National FFA Convention and Illinois FFA Staff will review materials and declare Illinois FFA’s National entries. If they are selected as one of the Top 10 in their respective category during pre-qualifying national judging, they will be invited to compete at the National AgriScience Fair during the National FFA Convention in the fall.

Under the Microscope - Agriscience Presentation by Bryan Schullian      
This video is 33 minutes in length and covers timelines and resources for competing in the Agriscience Fair. Special thanks to Bryan Schullian for developing this content and video.  

The Q&A Session to accompany this video is available at this link

National FFA Resources      
National FFA has developed a new National FFA Agriscience Fair resource to help in the development of high-quality agriscience fair manuscripts and provide examples from high, middle, and low scoring. This resource is located on the agriscience fair webpage, under Resources.

Time Line for 2022 IL FFA State Agriscience Fair      

February 1st
Registration opened on AET. See information above regarding how to register.

April 15th
Deadline to enter projects via AET.  See information above regarding how to register.

April 20th
Applications will be reviewed by the fair superintendent to determine agriculture relevance of the project and insure all projects are entered in the proper category and that the project is scientific in nature. Participants/Advisors will be notified of any category changes or concerns.

May 1st
Written reports will be uploaded to the application in AET.  This can be completed when applying by April 15th if the report is ready at that time.  If the written report was not uploaded in the version of the application submitted by the advisor, the advisor will need to upload the newer version. The written report can include photos in the Materials/Methods, Review of Literature, and Results section.

Reports will be shared with reviewers by the second week of May.

May 8 -12th
Agriscience Fair Interviews will be held VIRTUALLY on Zoom in 2023 to determine the remaining 75% of the overall score. Official dress is required for this event. Displays are not utilized. Student team members do not need to be present in the same location for the interview and can each call in from their separate locations. Judging dates and times will be arranged with the participants and their advisors.

June 14th
National Finalist Plaques & Award Medals will be presented to participants.
Convention Information: 
The State Agriscience Awards will be presented at the Bank of Springfield Center, Springfield, IL during the third convention session, which begins at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2023.  Special seating will be reserved for you, your parents, your FFA Advisor(s), and your school administrator(s).  Please click here for the schedule that identifies the session in which you will be recognized.  The Convention Hall Secretary will announce when the Agriscience Award winners should assemble backstage, prior to appearing on stage just after the convention Talent in that session.  It is important you check with the Courtesy Corps when you arrive at the session so you may be seated in the reserved section and help make the session go smoothly.

June 15th
National Entries are due on AET. Students can update their information on their application until this date. Applications need to be completed in entirety and will be reviewed by Jennifer Waters. 

Once students have updated their applications and Save/Printed a new version of the Application, teachers will need to do the following: 

  1. Login and click on “Reports”.
  2. Click on “FFA Awards Degree/Application Manager” in the tan box.
  3. Click on “State Submission Lists & Feedback”.
  4. In the box at the top of the screen, scroll to IL 2023 Agriscience Fair - for National and click. The line will then be highlighted with a dark gray box.
  5. Click on “Browse”, it will open up a screen to add the applications.
  6. Click on the “Add” button to the right of the student name and application.
  7. To check to make sure they are registered, return to the Submission List and you should see the application listed under # Apps on List.

July 1st
National Finalist Entries due to National FFA Center online. 

2022 Award Winners Announcement      

The winners in each category and division are listed below. These students will be contacted with further information regarding IL FFA State Convention Recognition and their submissions as the National Finalist Candidates from Illinois for the 2022 National FFA Agriscience Fair. 

All participants can view their scores and feedback on AET in the Reports Tab under Submission Lists & Feedback. Questions can be addressed to Jennifer Waters at

Category: Animal Systems

Division 1 - Drake Slutz, Sycamore

Division 3 - Brody English, Mt. Carmel

Division 4 - Drew Mickey & Jay Bliler, Taylorville Division 5 - Olivia Alka, Mt. Carmel

Category: Environmental Sciences & Natural Resource Systems

Division 2 - Ayden Miller & Tristen Hester, Southeastern Division 3 - Megan Baker, Neoga

Division 4 - Greyson Applebee & Gehrig Bunselmeyer, Maroa-Forsyth

Division 5 - Samantha Alvarez, Central Burlington

Category: Food Products & Processing Systems

Division 1 - Deacon Waner, Southeastern

Division 3 - Allie Brach, Cisne

Division 5 - Cooper Lee, Southeastern
Division 6 - Charles Breed & Alexi Haas, Stockton

Category: Plant Systems 

Division 2 - Kenzi Griswold & Riley Smith, Southeastern

Division 3 - Lainie Clark, Fairfield

Division 5 - Blake Twenhafel, Wesclin

Division 6 - Kevin Hyder & Isabella Cline, Cisne

Category: Power, Structural & Technical Systems

Division 3 - Hadley Walker, Cisne

Division 4 - Liliana Weese & Gracie Arthur, Southeastern

Division 5 - Elaan Bader, Litchfield

Category: Social Systems

Division 3 - Olivia Shike, Unity-Tolono

Division 4 - Abby Norris & Abby Erlenbush, Taylorville

Division 5 - Allyson Yoakum & Lorelei Darlak, Sycamore

Dependent upon sponsorship, we have awarded stipends to members who are selected to represent Illinois at the National FFA Convention.  

National Finalist Candidates will receive a plaque. All participants will receive an award medal. 

2022 National FFA Agriscience Interview Schedule      
In late July, National Finalist Entry applications will be reviewed. Ten projects per category/division will be selected to interview at the national level. The interview schedule can be viewed at this link. 

For questions related to the Agriscience Fair - Jennifer Waters,, cell phone (217) 827-0633

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