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By: Hayden Lander
July 14, 2011

 
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Goodness gracious “Great Barns of Fire”! This catchy title, created by Lindsey Hamer of the East Central FFA Chapter, belongs to just one of the 80 projects at this year’s Texas FFA Agriscience Fair, held yesterday at the TTU Recreation Center.

The Agriscience Fair, which has been in existence in Texas since 1998, is divided into five categories; Biochemistry/Food Science/Microbiology, Botany, Engineering, Environment Sciences, and Zoology. The categories are further split up into four divisions; Junior and Senior Individual and Junior and Senior Team. The winning project from each division receives a $1,000 scholarship as well as the opportunity to compete in the National FFA Agriscience Fair held in conjunction with the National FFA Convention in October.

Ryon Cox and Jake Rosewell from the Mt. Pleasant FFA Chapter said they learned a lot about how to deal with situations whenever the unexpected happens. Their project studied the differences in the amount of worms and eggs found in goats that were given organic medicines versus commercial ones.

“We ran out of sodium nitrate,” Cox said. “So we had to figure out how to make it on our own.

To many competitors, the Agriscience Fair opens up a lot of opportunities to work in situations that would not be open otherwise. Not only do these opportunities help prepare each contestant for the future, but they also help them make great memories and have a lot of fun in the process.

“My favorite part was getting the chance to conduct experiments at Texas A&M,” competitor Cody Earp of the Florence FFA Chapter said. “They helped me by using some of their equipment that I wouldn’t otherwise have access to.”

The winners of each division were announced yesterday evening at the Agriscience Fair Awards Banquet. They will be recognized on stage during the Fourth General Session Thursday morning.

 
 
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