2022 Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

2022 Registration Open!

Since 2012, the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge has engaged 178 youth with in-depth, experiential learning. This partnership between the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Extension has created an awareness of agronomic-related career opportunities and successfully involved youth in rigorous hands-on inquiry-based learning through completion of on-farm research or demonstration plots in corn fields across Nebraska. 

 Nebraska Extension will execute this evolving, innovative, and in-depth program in 2022, which will be the eleventh year creating agricultural, science-informed graduates in the agricultural industry.  

Prizes for participation in this project include 1st place - $1,000, 2nd place - $500, 3rd place -$250, “Extra Mile” Award $200, CORN Communications Award $200 and $50 for completion of the project. In addition, each team receives a crop scouting kit valued at over $200, plot sign and the opportunity to engage with UNL agronomic professionals through “ask an agronomist” sessions. 

 For more information about this program and to register in 2022, go to https://cropwatch.unl.edu/youth/cornchallenge. Registration is extended to March 25.  Contact Aaron Nygren at anygren2@unl.edu, Amy Timmerman atimmerman2@unl.edu, Lauren Stohlmann lauren.stohlmann@unl.edu or Brandy VanDeWalle at brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu or (402) 759-3712 for details about this program.