by Maryanna McClure
Working with sheep, Cory Wright from Munford tests hydroponically grown fodder and hay to determine which offers a higher degree of nutrition to the ewes in his high school sheep production program. Lauren Rogers and Lindsey Bowie from the Halls FFA Chapter raise Dorset sheep for show and wanted to determine how they could change feed rations in their experiment “Health Food Makes Ewe Grow.”
With new technologies emerging in the agriculture industry, two members from the Meigs County chapter researched the use of social networking among farmers. Hallie Whitted and Madison Stiner determined that agriculturists between ages of 35 and 44 use social media the most. Members of the Southside chapter conduct an experiment entitled “Biofuel Breakdown” to test the different forms of alternative fuel. Conlee Benson along with Ryan Parks determined that grain products produce more efficient fuel that fruit.
As FFA members of today engage in scientific activities, they are able to develop new understandings of the industry and may one day be able to successfully impact the agriculture industry.