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Team Members From Sac/Cherokee Counties Place 2nd at AgOvation

October 13, 2020 8:45am

Youth from Sac and Cherokee County took 2nd place in the 2nd annual AgOvation program finals back on September 26th.

AgOvation is a research-based competition that challenges youth to explore and develop innovative, science-based solutions to agricultural problems that they identify in their own communities. Youth in grades seven through 12 work in teams to develop a project and create a presentation to share their results.

The second-place team included Zach Erpelding from Cherokee County, and Kaydon Erpelding and Levi Steinkamp from Sac County. The three team members came up with revamping the corn snoot by adding a chain drive to it, and little fingers to grab the downed corn to help the farmer save time and money. The project was inspired by all the downed corn this year following the derecho.

The 1st place team was from Story County. Both teams received college scholarship prizes.

This year's event was done virtually, and participants were asked to design a solution to a local agricultural problem and pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges.

The AgOvation program helps develop the future workforce of agricultural scientists, engineers and technologists. Participants gain important life skills that empower them to become productive citizens, outstanding communicators, effective leaders, and successful learners.

Registration for next year’s program will open this winter. To register, contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office youth program coordinator.