Student Related Events

The Center hosts multiple events throughout the year that provide educational, leadership and networking opportunities for those in attendance. Team members of the Center also attend many events, representing our agricultural programs and opportunities at trade shows, expos, festivals and careers fairs.

MN FFA State Convention Career Connections (April 25, 2022, Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum - MN State Fairgrounds)

As part of the MN FFA State Convention, this event features multiple institutions showcasing the many career pathways and opportunities in agriculture. Each year this event features an agriculture simulator, drone (UAV) demonstrations, giveaways and visits with Ag, Food and Natural Resources career professionals. The Minnesota State FFA Convention has over 3,000 FFA members throughout Minnesota in attendance, and takes place at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul Campus as well as the MN State Fairgrounds.  To see highlights of 2022's event, take a look at this video:

Jobs, Food, & You - Day Camp (June 20 - June 23, 2022)

Each day begins at 9:00 am at Farmamerica, 7367 360th Ave, Waseca, MN.  Then you and the program director will be shuttled to different job sites around southern Minnesota to meet industry experts, watch, learn, and try your hand at different careers within agriculture.

During the program, you’ll learn more about your personal interests and how that can align with a well-paying future career right in southern Minnesota. This program is a safe space for you to dream big, think outside the box, and have fun with friends. Together, we’ll discover different paths that can help you achieve your goals and lead you to future careers that will make you happy.

We will get behind-the-scenes experiences at local businesses like Crystal Valley, UMN Southern Research & Outreach Center, Ag Utilization Research Institute, Environmental Tillage Systems, implement dealers, vet clinics, and more.

On the last day, representatives from area colleges and universities will help you understand different educational paths after high school.  Visit to learn more. 

STEM Meets Ag, Food, and Natural Resources Academy (June 27 - July 1, 2022) // Sign Up Deadline is June 13th

The Minnesota State Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence is partnering with the Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence offering a 5 day educational experience targeted for 6th - 9th Graders and has a theme of Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Earth.  Over these 5 days, students will be engaged in a variety of activities and take tours of multiple places to help them understand the connection between clean air, clean water and clean earth.  Each day will run from 8AM - 4PM and the cost of the academy is $250.00.  Included will be tours to Alternative Roots Farm, Minneopa State Park, Spring Lake Park and Hiniker Pond.  A limited number of $50.00 scholarships are available for those with identified financial need.

View the flyer and to register, please visit

InTENse! Summer Program

InTENse is an opportunity offered by Minnesota FFA for students in grades 10 and 11 to gain hands-on experiences in agricultural careers at Minnesota colleges and universities.