Monarchs on the Move Challenge

Population trends project the world population will grow by two billion in the next 40 years, requiring a 70 percent increase in food production to feed the world. To meet this demand, the future generation of farmers, scientists and other professionals will need to be Ag innovators. That’s where the 4 H Ag Innovators Experience comes in.

The 2018 4‑H Ag Innovators Experience, Monarch on the Move Challenge, teaches 4‑H youth about the monarch butterfly, a flagship species representing many pollinators that contribute to our food supply and the health of our planet. Through this experience, youth will understand the challenges affecting the monarch butterfly’s survival rates and will learn how everyone can contribute to increasing the monarch habitat to support sustainable monarch populations.

Sponsored by National 4‑H Council and Monsanto

The Ag Innovators Experience is a program that reaches thousands youth in a select number of states with a strong agricultural industry that helps young people develop the professional skills needed to feed a growing world population. It ties in relevant concepts like aquaculture and environmental stewardship with a hands-on activity that makes learning fun and encourages young people to pursue a career in agriculture and technical fields.

Past Ag Innovators Experience Resources

The Healthy Soils Carbon Soil Investigation Challenge teaches youth about the importance of preserving and improving soil health through a variety of different methods to help create a sustainable ecosystem responsible for our food and fiber needs, environmental quality, and human health.

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The Honey Bee Challenge introduces youth to the critical role that "hired" honey bees play in food production. Youth begin with a Farm-to-Table warm-up activity, illustrating that a significant amount of food we eat relies on pollination by honey bees.

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The 4‑H Ag Innovators Experience Honey Bee Challenge focuses on a critical component--honey bees--to growing food and feeding the world. Approximately one in every three bites we eat is the result of these pollinators at work.

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Youth learn about water in the U.S. and around the world, explore the water footprint of common food products, and make the connection between water use, environmental sustainability and food security.

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Youth are tasked with engineering a food-distribution system that evenly dispenses soy-based fish food pellets over a mat, which represents a fish farm tank. This system can then be transferred to an aquaculture tank on a tilapia farm.

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