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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

Time Line for 2022 IL FFA State Agriscience Fair      

February 1st
Registration opened on AET.

April 15th
Deadline to enter projects via AET.  

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. 

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

Date/Format to be Determined
Agriscience Fair Interviews will be held VIRTUALLY on Zoom to determine the remaining 75% of the overall score. Official dress is required for this event. Displays are not required, but can be utilized. Student team members do not need to be present in the same location for the interview and can each call in from their homes. Judging dates and times will be arranged with the participants and their advisors.

National Finalist Plaques & Award Medals will be presented to participants.

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 2021 Agriscience Fair 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.

June 15th
Illinois FFA Center Staff will submit final applications to National FFA via AET.

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

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. 

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

2021 National Agriscience Fair Update      

Regardless of the type of convention conducted (in-person, hybrid or virtual) this fall, the 2021  National Winner Selection (formerly judging conducted at convention) will be conducted virtually for the Agriscience Fair awards.

National Finalist Selection will take place virtually in July with finalists announced in early August. National Winner Selection will be conducted via live video conference calls in September. Agriscience Fair will host interviews with students.

The top three finalist for Agriscience Fair will be announced prior to convention. Finalists will be recognized, and winners announced during the 2021 convention sessions. NOTE: The pre-recorded videos used as part of the 2020 award judging process will not be used for the 2021 process.

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