This year marks the 60th annual event known as ‘Aggie Days’ for the Agriculture Department at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, (NEO).

Aggie Days host thousands of students during the Agriculture Interscholastic Contest and begins Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3.? Students from across the Four States will travel to the NEO campus to compete in this sweepstakes-style contest.

Aggie Days is open to any student who is a member of 4-H or FFA.? Participants range in age from third grade to seniors in high school, said Shannon Cunningham, chair of the Agriculture Department and coach of the Equine Judging Team.? Students will compete in a variety of agriculture-related categories.?

“Interscholastic judging contests are a great way for students to learn through application and experience, and?each contest is based on agricultural principles that student learn through their 4-H or FFA programs,” Cunningham said.??“It is a great way for students to demonstrate decision making and logic skills through different disciplines.”

Our Aggie Day contests are a great recruiting tool for us and a great way to bring a high volume of students to our campus, Cunningham added.? There is such a rich sense of tradition and pride involved with Aggie Day, and it takes place just before students compete in district and state contests, so it is an excellent opportunity to refine their skills.

The event also enables NEO to highlight its nationally recognized agriculture programs and teams.? NEO offers degrees in equine and ranch management, agriculture, natural resource ecology management and pre-veterinary science.

Students from across the country travel annually to Oklahoma to be part of the NEO Agriculture Program.? The department has three competitive traveling teams: the Rodeo Team, Equine Judging Team and Livestock Judging Team.?

“This event brings an interested audience right to our doorstep,” Cunningham said.? “Through Aggie Days, students are exposed to not only the variety of fields related to a career in agriculture, but they see first-hand the quality educational opportunities that are available at NEO.”

Contests include: horse contest, speeches, dairy contest, poultry, meats, farm business management and many more… For a complete list of contests and a thorough rundown of registration information, please follow the link below:

Go to the Ag homepage www.neo.edu/ag and click on the Aggie day link.

For more information, please contact Shannon Cunningham at 918-540-6272 or email scunningham@neo.edu.