The Purple Plow Challenge
What is it?
A fun, creative and hands-on approach to creating solutions for real world issues related to agriculture. These exciting challenges are brought to you by the American Farm Bureau Foundation.
Who can join?
Individuals or teams (no minimum or maximum). Ideal for middle or high school students (12 y/o+).
When is it?
The challenge runs January 1, 2020 – May 1, 2020. The NH Challenge Showcase will be at the NH 4-H Makers Expo on April 25, 2020 at Inter-Lakes High School (1 Laker Ln, Meredith, NH 03253).
Why should you join?
A fun, creative and hands-on approach to creating solutions for real world issues related to agriculture. There is a chance to win National prizes, top 3 submissions receive a 3-D printer and $100 Visa Gift Card. There will also be chances to win local prizes. Local prize winners will be selected at the NH 4-H Makers Expo on April 25, 2020 at Inter-Lakes High School (1 Laker Ln, Meredith, NH 03253).
NH Prizes Provided by:
Contact Michelle Bersaw-Robblee to become an event sponsor!
2020 Challenge Question:
How can we improve the quality of our runoff and, in turn, reduce dead zones in our water resources?
This solution must address the following needs
- Address dead zone concerns through industrial, agricultural, or population growth
- Reduce amounts or sizes of dead zones
- Reduce contaminated runoff
- Ways we can improve the quality of our runoff
- Trade-offs of using eco-friendly practices as it relates to runoff
- Economic, environmental, and societal needs
2020 Challenge Rationale:
When rain falls or snow melts, it does not simply stay in one place or seep into the ground to replenish groundwater; most of it begins to move. When water flows over land, it is called surface runoff, and it is an important part of the water cycle, but have you ever wondered where your runoff is running off to? What’s in your runoff? What is the runoff doing to the environment once it has settled? Around the world, there are more than 400 dead zones in oceans and lakes, where the water contains so little oxygen that aquatic life can no longer survive. In large part, this is due to excess nutrient pollution found in our runoff as a result of home, agricultural, and industrial practices as well as population growth. In this challenge, students will learn about the impact of runoff in rural and urban areas and its effects on the environment as well as plan for solutions to this growing issue of dead zones, hypoxia, and overall water quality.
How can you join?
- Contact Michelle Bersaw-Robblee, 4-H Horticulture Extension Field Specialist at 603-796-2151 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are interested in participating.
- Log onto: www.purpleplow.org for challenge details.
- To be eligible for local prizes at the NH 4-H Challenge Showcase you must register for the NH 4-H Makers Expo.