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Chiefland FFA team finalist in national competition

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A team from Chiefland Middle High School's Senior FFA is a national finalist in 2013 National FFA Agriscience Fair at 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisille, Ky.

Sydney Stephens and Kristen Moore, were named finalists at the gathering held Oct. 30-Nov. 2.

The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. It is held each year during the National FFA Convention & Expo and sponsored nationally by Cargill, John Deere and Syngenta.

FFA members can compete in the national agriscience fair in one of six categories:

• Animal Systems

• Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems

• Food Products and Processing Systems

• Plant Systems

• Power, Structural and Technical Systems

• Social Systems

To qualify for the National FFA Agriscience Fair, students must be in grades seven through 12, conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture and food science industries and present their findings to a panel of judges with a display and report. All national participants are selected as the state winner at their state agriscience fairs and earn national competition eligibility after being placed in the top 15 within their respective categories.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.ffa.org.