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FFA Livestock Competitions

The 2020 State Fair FFA contests have been canceled, and it has been determined that an alternative or virtual event is not feasible. Check back in the winter and spring for updated information about the 2021 fair. To get the latest State Fair competition news in your inbox, join our email list.

While we’ll miss seeing you in 2020, we are excited to announce that we are awarding all 21 Minnesota State Fair Scholarships! Please read the rules and regulations and apply now. Applications are due on Monday, Aug. 3, at 4:30 p.m.

FFA prepares its members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. The FFA program offers opportunities for members to participate in livestock and non-livestock areas of competition.

The 2020 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.

FFA livestock departments include:

  • FFA Beef Cattle – Angus, Charolais, Foundation Simmental, Hereford, Limousin, Red Angus, Shorthorn, Simmental, any other purebred, any other registered composite, commercial beef heifer, market beef, market prospects 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, any other breed, 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 goats, dairy and meat market goat classes

FFA non-livestock departments include:

General Information

Related Links


  • FFA Judging Contest Results (PDF)
  • FFA Landscape Design & Construction Results (PDF)
  • FFA Safe Tractor Operator’s Contest Results (PDF)
  • Minnesota State Fair and Christensen Family Scholarship Results (PDF)

See individual FFA pages for additional results.

The Minnesota State Fair Scholarship and NEW! Christensen Family Scholarship

The Minnesota State Fair is invested in the educational endeavors of young adults from greater Minnesota. The Minnesota State Fair Scholarship was established in 1994 and awards 20 scholarships of $1,000 each. Since its inception, more than $500,000 has been awarded. This year the Minnesota State Fair Scholarships are being funded by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. Additionally, Christensen Farms, one of the largest family-owned pork producers in the nation, has made available an additional $1,000 scholarship called the Christensen Family Scholarship. These scholarships will be made available to rural youth or those enrolled in an agriculture program in 2019-20. The application process for either the Minnesota State Fair Scholarship or the Christensen Family Scholarship is the same and must be submitted online. Please read the instructions before applying.


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


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. 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.


Online registration for the FFA Agriculture Technology begins the first Monday in May and will absolutely close Aug. 14 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.


  • FFA Crops – Friday, Aug. 14
  • FFA Judging Contests – Monday, Aug. 24
  • FFA Safe Tractor Operator’s Contest – Monday, Aug. 24, mail entries
  • FFA Landscape Design and Construction Contest – Wednesday, July 15

FFA Advisor Forms

For further information, please contact or 651-288-4417.

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