Agriscience Fair at State FFA
Agriscience Fair at State FFA
Posted on 04/22/2013
Kathrine MacIntosh and Makay Beck Places First in State FFA AgriScience Fair   DuPont Pioneer proud to celebrate youth with an interest in science and agriculture

          LINCOLN, Neb.  – The first annual Nebraska FFA AgriScience Fair was held during the 85th Nebraska FFA State Convention to build awareness of science through research of current and diverse agricultural issues and to cultivate career readiness skills through the interaction of students, educators, the public and the research community. This premier event was made possible by DuPont Pioneer with a $10,000 sponsorship.

            MacIntosh and Beck, both seniors at Garden County High School achieved a first place during this event with their project, How does sugar water affect treated vs nontreated corn growth? 

            “We must double agricultural output if we are to meet the food, fuel and fiber demands of the nine billion people on the planet expected in the year 2050.  That’s why DuPont Pioneer is proud to support the first ever Nebraska AgriScience Fair.  Students who are passionate about agriculture and science are vitally needed in a future workforce that will be meeting some tremendous challenges.  We’re truly all in this together and are extremely proud of every young person who participated in this year’s event,” said Steve Reno, DuPont Pioneer Western business unit director. 

            “Students participating in the AgriScience Fair engaged in authentic, project-based learning and genuine application of scientific knowledge and skills. With nearly 60 projects submitted in the first year, students and teachers are demonstrating the need for this event to be available,” said Anita Wollenburg, AgriScience Fair chairperson.

            “Agricultural education is rigorous and relevant. The quality of student projects at this year’s fair demonstrates that without question,” said Kevin Anderson, AgriScience Instructor at Lyons-Decatur Northeast.