Tiffany Heishman of the Signal Knob Middle School FFA chapter in Strasburg has been named a finalist this year in the Animal Systems category in the Individuals in grades 7-9 division of the competition at the 2013 National FFA Agriscience Fair.
More than 20 agricultural teachers and college professors from throughout the U.S. recently met in Indianapolis to determine what FFA members and teams will compete for top honors in the fair.
The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a key competition that is part of the annual National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky. To qualify, FFA members working as individuals or teams in grades seven through 12 are required to conduct a scientific research project focused on the agriculture or food science industries and win their state's FFA Agriscience fair.
Individuals or teams compete in one of six categories - animal, environmental or national resources, food products and processing, plant, power/structural/technical or social systems - in four divisions - individuals in grades 7-9, teams grades 7-9, individuals grades 10-12 and teams grades 10-12.
First-place winners in each state have qualified for the national competition. The panel of judges reviewed entries and selected a maximum of 15 in each division to move on to the national competition. The 2013 National FFA Agriscience Fair is sponsored by Syngenta, Cargill and John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.