FFA Members, Teams Receive Recognition in Agriscience Fair
Jennifer Lee
Thursday, August 09 2018

(August, 8, 2018/National FFA Organization) – More than 20 agricultural teachers, state leaders and college professors from throughout the U.S. recently met in Indianapolis to judge state Agriscience Fair winners on a national level.

Five students from the Smackover FFA chapter in Smackover, AR, have received bronze awards in the national agriscience fair competition.

Division one:

  • Rikki Holloway – Animal Systems

Division two:

  • Sawyer Cropper and Will Wilcox – Plant Systems
  • Sydney Zeek and Alex Demorrow – Food Products and Processing Systems

First-place winners in each state have qualified for the national pre-qualifying judging. The panel of judges reviewed entries and selected a maximum of 12 in each category and division to move on to the national competition.

The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a key competition that is part of the annual national convention and expo. To qualify, members working as individuals or teams in grades seven through 12 are required to conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture or food science industries and win their state's FFA agriscience fair.

Individuals or teams compete in one of six categories – animal systems; environmental services/natural resources systems; food products and processing systems; plant systems; power, structural and technical systems; or social science – in six divisions – individuals in grades 7-8, teams grad 7-8, individuals grades 9,10 and teams grades 9-10, individuals in grades 11-12 and teams grades 11-12.

The 2018 National FFA Agriscience is sponsored by Cargill, Chevrolet, John Deere and Syngenta.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.