South Dakota FFA Foundation awards grants for local FFA chapter agriscience education

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Bath – The S.D. FFA Foundation recognizes educating students in the sciences of agriculture is key to continuing advancements required for the future. As a result, the S.D. FFA Foundation is utilizing a DuPont Pioneer grant to develop student interest in becoming the next generation of scientists, agronomists, researchers and farmers by providing funds for local FFA programs to purchase needed science research equipment and funding the S.D. FFA AgriScience Fair.

Three high school agriculture education programs will receive equipment they need to make science labs part of their agriculture education curriculum. These chapters will then have students competing in this year’s S.D. FFA Agriscience Fair. Congratulations to: Winner, Hoven and Beresford FFA Chapters.

The AgriScience Fair builds scientific awareness and showcases 7th-12th grade students studying agricultural and scientific principles. As part of the fair, students select a research subject within six focus areas, identify research objectives, collect and analyze data, and present their findings at the event via display and interview. Top performing students are then chosen to advance to the National FFA AgriScience Fair.

These grants were made possible, through a grant from DuPont Pioneer as a special project of the S.D. FFA Foundation. “We want to thank DuPont Pioneer for supporting the efforts of the South Dakota FFA Foundation in our drive to further enhance agriscience education and the FFA AgriScience Fair. This support will allow us to encourage additional participation by incenting more local agricultural education programs to participate and providing awards for students who participate. Thus, students gain employability skills for their futures,” said Gerri Ann Eide, South Dakota FFA Foundation executive director.

For more information about the South Dakota FFA Foundation and South Dakota’s FFA programs, visit www.sdffafoundation.org.