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Plant Sciences Overview

  • Applied biological/agricultural sciences including production of all plants.

  • Practice Leadership skills and roles, take part in community affairs, and demonstrate citizenship responsibility. 

  • Explore vocational and  leisure opportunities associated with agriculture.  Develop skills, knowledge and attitudes for lifelong use.

  • Understand the use of integrated pest management practices (IPM) as part of an overall crop production system.

  • Learn to use accepted practices for mental, physical and emotional health, and to respect yourself and others. 

  • Develop personal integrity, a sense of sportsmanship, and team cooperation, and ability to speak in public through participation in related activities, such as demonstrations, talks, judging events, field days, tours and exhibits.

  • Share acquired knowledge and skills with other 4-H members.


Plant Sciences Projects

 


Agricultural
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
Members:

  • Develop in self and others, a knowledge and respect for agriculture and its importance to the community and to the international community.

  • Develop skills that contribute to profitable, efficient farming/ranching and a satisfying way of life.

  • Adapt and apply the best management practices and beneficial results of research to farming/ranching.

  • Help other improve their farming/ranching skills and standard of living.

  • Help the family achieve progress in farming/ranching, family life and community involvement.


Field Crops & Management
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
Members:

  • Gain insight into agriculture and develop a better understanding of the basic principles of plant physiology as they  relate to plant growth and development.

  • Acquire the knowledge and develop the skills needed to care for and manage a commercial field crop.

  • Become familiar with the scope of field crops and their economic significance in agriculture.

  • Learn the role plant nutrients, water and soil play in efficient farming.

  • Explore the use of biotechnology as it pertains to the development of new and improved crop varieties.


Forestry
Project Leader: Annette Keenberg (Co-Leader Needed)
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
Members: 1

  • Develop a positive attitude toward the importance of conserving our forest resources.

  • Appreciate woodlands as a source of income, raw materials and enjoyment.

  • Learn about good forestry practices and develop skills in executing them.

  • Learn skills in forest management and use of forest practices.


Fruits, Nuts & Berries
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
Members:

  • Gain insight into agriculture and develop a better understanding of the basic principles of plant physiology as they relate to plant growth and development.

  • Acquire the knowledge and develop the skills needed to care for and manage a commercial orchard or berry farm.

  • Learn about propagation and nursery practices and rootstocks in establishing commercial and home orchards.

  • Become familiar with the scope of these crops, their nutritional value and  economic significance.

  • Gain hands on experience in variety selection, training and pruning, pollination, fruit thinning, and harvest practices for commercial orchards and berry farms.


Indoor/Mini Gardens
Project Leader: Leader Needed/Annette Keenberg - Co-Leader
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader: Nick Keenberg
Members: 1

  • Gain insight into agriculture and develop understanding of the basic principles of plant physiology as they relate to plant growth and development.

  • Acquire the knowledge and develop the skills needed to care for and manage plants in a limited space.

  • Explore all aspects of vegetable and ornamental gardening as well as the nutritional value of vegetables and the therapeutic values of engaging in horticulture.

  • Develop an appreciation of gardening, the aesthetic value of flowers, and the use of gardening as an educational learning experience.


Other Plant Science
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
Members:

  • Gain insight into agriculture and develop understanding of the basic principles of plant physiology as they relate to plant growth and development.

  • Acquire an understanding of the methods and values of scientific research and its influence on plants and soils.

  • Explore the use of biotechnology as it pertains to the development of new and improved plant varieties.

  • Learn about the role of plant nutrients, water and soil in plant growth.

  • Become familiar with cultivated plants and geographic areas suited for their growth.

  • Understand the basic principals of crop production.


Ornamental Horticulture
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
Members:

  • Develop understanding of the basic principles of plant physiology as they relate to ornamental plant growth and development.

  • Learn and demonstrate proper care of plants.

  • Learn methods for plant propagation of ornamental plants grown outdoors.

  • Understand soil, water, temperature, and sunlight requirements for ornamentals that can be used in specific geographical areas.

  • Develop an appreciation for the aesthetic values of ornamentals around a home.

  • Gain knowledge of the principles of landscape design.

  • Acquire an understanding of the methods and values of scientific research and its influence on ornamental horticulture.


Sugar Beets
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
Members:

  • Gain insight into agriculture and develop understanding of the basic principles of plant physiology as they relate to plant growth and development.

  • Acquire the knowledge and develop the skills needed to care for and manage a commercial sugar beet crop.

  • Learn about the economic importance of sugar beets, harvest mechanization, and establishment of processing facilities within growing areas.

  • Explore uses of sugar beet by-products as source of animal feed.

  • Become familiar with the steps in the processing of sugar beets. 


Vegetable Gardens & Crops (including School Gardens)
Project Leader:
Teen Leader:
Jr. Leader:
Members:

  • Gain insight into agriculture and develop an understanding of the basic principals of plant physiology as they relate to plant growth and development.

  • Acquire the knowledge and develop the skills needed to care for and manage a commercial or home garden, flower garden, lawns, or other horticultural crops.

  • Develop an appreciation for the variety of specialty and minor vegetable and herb crops that can be grown in specific areas.

  • Explore all aspects of gardening including its therapeutic role, nutritional value, and  its relation to agriculture production.


 

 

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