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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1957. Department of Vocational Education.


Copyright 1957, the author. Used by permission.


This study involved a survey of 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) boys who exhibited grain in Nebraska during 1956.

The purposes of this study are to:

  1. determine the importance of certain factors that influence 4-H and FFA members to exhibit grain;

  2. determine the entry rules governing 4-H and FFA participation in grain exhibits;

  3. determine the entry rules 4-H and FFA members believe should govern the fair or show;

  4. recommend to 4-H and FFA leaders, and to government bodies of fairs or shows in Nebraska, ways they might increase junior (4-H and FFA) participation in grain exhibits.

The data in this study appear to warrant the following conclusions:

  1. Nebraska county fairs offer limited opportunity for grain exhibits by FFA and 4-H members.

  2. The FFA members have fewer opportunities to exhibit grain than do the 4-H members.

  3. Many county fair premium lists are poorly written and information about entry rules, maximum premiums, and grain exhibits are difficult to find and interpret.

  4. Nearly half of the 4-H and FFA members exhibit grain for just one year.

  5. County agents and 4-H leaders are not as important in the promotion of grain exhibits as are vocational agriculture instructors.

  6. Certified grain producers and dealers are not an important factor in the promotion of grain exhibits.

  7. Premium awards are relatively unimportant in influencing 4-H and FFA members to exhibit grain.

  8. The desire to win, the opportunity to compare grain crops, and the opportunity to learn more about good crop seed are the main incentives inducing 4-H and FFA boys to exhibit grain.

  9. Activities dealing with the growing of a crop are studied to a greater degree in vocational agriculture than are activities dealing with marketing of the crop.

  10. Junior divisions with separate 4-H and FFA classes are the most desirable for 4-H and FFA grain exhibitors.

  11. The grouping method is the most desirable method of judging 4-H and FFA grain entries.

  12. Threshed grain samples are the most desirable grain exhibits for 4-H and FFA members.

Advisor: Arthur B. Ward