FFA

The 2015 FFA Livestock show runs for four days, from Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7. Entries are open to Minnesota (and Wisconsin sections 1, 2, and 3 in crops only) students, grades 9-12, who are regularly enrolled in an agricultural education program or are active members of a chapter of FFA that is in good standing in the state FFA association. Incoming 9th grade students are eligible to show if they are enrolled in or have completed a course in a grade 9-12 Ag-Ed program for the current year. In 2014, the FFA program included 969 exhibitors, showing more than 3,210 exhibits.

Departments include:

  • FFA Beef Cattle - Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin, Red Angus, Shorthorn, Simmental, any other purebred, any other registered composite, commercial beef heifer, market beef and dairy steers
  • FFA Dairy Cattle - Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, Red & White, any other breed
  • FFA Swine - Berkshire, Chester White, Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, Poland China, Spotted Hogs, Yorkshire, crossbred gilts, market hogs
  • FFA Sheep - Babydoll Southdown, Columbia, Corriedale, Dorset, Hampshire, Rambouillet, Southdown, Suffolk, other purebred wool/meat breeds, commercial breeding ewe and market lamb classes
  • FFA Meat Goats - breeding meat-type doeling, dairy and meat market goat classes
  • FFA Crops - field crops, forage crop seeds, old corn
  • FFA Judging Contests - dairy and general livestock
  • FFA Safe Tractor Operator’s Contests
  • FFA Landscape Design and Construction

Other FFA contests include Derby Barrow.

The Minnesota State Fair Rural Youth Scholarship

The Minnesota State Fair Rural Youth Scholarship (formerly the Ben C. Hallberg Rural Youth Scholarship) was established in 1994 to help further the educational endeavors of young adults from greater Minnesota. Up to 20 scholarships of $1,000 each will be made available to rural youth or those enrolled in an agriculture program in 2015, with participation in the current year’s Minnesota State Fair.


CATTLE IDENTIFICATION - Important information:
Cattle exhibited in Minnesota must be identified with USDA approved ID tags. For more information, please see the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.


HOLDOVER SWINE - Important information:
In order to minimize risk to swine and humans for influenza virus transmission, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health recommends that no hogs will be allowed to stay on the fairgrounds, where swine are penned for competition (Swine Barn and adjacent Holdover Barn) beyond the scheduled time in which the hogs are to be shown. This will eliminate ALL holdover swine. Display animals penned in adjacent barns and not co-mingled with exhibition swine (including Miracle of Birth, 4-H champions, largest boar and display sow and litter) are exempt.


GENERAL INFORMATION AND RULES FOR ENTRY:

The FFA premium book and entry forms are available annually for download in early June. Information is also available by mail; contact the competition department and indicate which category you are interested in.

REGISTRATION, FFA LIVESTOCK: By entering FFA livestock entries online, entry and W-9 forms will be filled out electronically. Registration and payment for entries online will be available for all divisions beginning the Monday following Father’s Day (June 22). Online registration will absolutely close on each division’s final entry closing date at 4:30 p.m. No late entries may be submitted via the online registration process. Entries may also be submitted via mail. Payment must be submitted at time of entry; if you do not pay, your entries are not accepted.

REGISTRATION, FFA AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY: Online registration for the FFA Agriculture Technology begins the first Monday in May (May 4) and will absolutely close Aug. 18 at 4:30 p.m. By entering online, your entry tags and forms will be completed and ready for you when you deliver your articles. Entries may also be submitted during entry delivery days.

IMPORTANT DATES:


REGISTRATION, FFA LIVESTOCK: Opens the Monday following Father’s Day; closes 4:30 p.m. on the dates below:

  • FFA Beef Cattle - Monday, Aug. 3 for mail entries; online entries close Monday, Aug. 10
  • FFA Dairy Cattle - Monday, Aug. 3 for mail entries; online entries close Monday, Aug. 10
  • FFA Swine - Monday, Aug. 10, mail and online
  • FFA Sheep - Monday, Aug. 10, mail and online
  • FFA Meat Goats - Monday, Aug. 10, mail and online

REGISTRATION, FFA AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGY: Opens the first Monday in May; closes on the dates below:

  • FFA Agriculture Technology - Tuesday, Aug. 18, 4:30 p.m. for online entries
  • FFA Crops - Friday, Aug. 14 (use the excel spreadsheet)
  • FFA Safe Tractor Operator’s Contest - Monday, Aug. 24, mail entries

For further information, please email us or call us directly at (651) 288-4417.

 

LINKS:


DOWNLOADABLES:

The information below may be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or higher. If you do not have Acrobat Reader or have an older version, you may download the most current Acrobat Reader.

Links will become active as materials become available.

Exhibitors entering in multiple divisions, please refer to the complete publication.

  • FFA Premium Book (complete publication)

Exhibitors entering in one division; please refer to the section that applies.

  • IRS Form W-9
  • FFA Beef & Dairy Cattle Premium Book Section
  • FFA Swine, Sheep & Meat Goat Premium Book Section
  • FFA Agriculture Technology Premium Book Section
  • FFA Livestock Entry Forms
  • FFA Crops, Judging Contests & Tractor Driving Premium Book Section
  • FFA Landscape Design & Construction Information
  • FFA Judging Contest Form
  • FFA Safe Tractor Driving Rules
  • FFA Derby Barrow Info
  • FFA Crops Entry Information
  • FFA Crops Entry Form (excel)
  • Minnesota State Fair
    Rural Youth Scholarship

ONLINE REGISTRATION
FFA AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY:

Online registration for the FFA Agriculture Technology begins the first Monday in May (May 4) and will absolutely close Aug. 16 at 4:30 p.m. By entering online, your entry tags and forms will be completed and ready for you when you deliver your articles. Entries may also be submitted during entry delivery days.

Please be sure to PRINT AND READ the premium book before beginning online registration, as you are responsible for the important rules and conditions it contains regarding your entries.

Begin Online Registration


ONLINE REGISTRATION
FFA LIVESTOCK:

Online registration for FFA Livestock divisions will absolutely close at 4:30 p.m. on the individual department entry closing dates.

Please read the premium book rules before beginning online registration, as you are responsible for the important rules and conditions it contains regarding your entries.

Online Registration will open
Monday, June 22, 2015.

Please read the FFA Crops Entry Information for more details on FFA Crops registration.