More than 20 agricultural teachers and college professors from throughout the U.S. recently met in Indianapolis to determine which FFA members and teams will compete for top honors in the 2019 National FFA Agriscience Fair. Erica Lewis and Anna Wallace of the Thomson High School FFA chapter have been named national finalists this year in the Food Products and Processing category in the 6th division of the competition for their project completed during the 2018-2019 school year while they were seniors.
The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a key competition that is part of the annual National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 30 –Nov. 2 in Indianapolis. To qualify, FFA 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 resource 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 grades 7-8, individuals grades 9-10,teams grades 9-10, individuals in grades 11-12, and teams grades 11-12. 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.
For a complete list of results, check here: https://www.ffa.org/participate/awards/agriscience-fair/.
The 2019 National FFA Agriscience Fair is sponsored by Cargill, John Deere and Syngenta. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.