Taylor students

Jack Hoyle, a member of the Taylor FFA Chapter from Taylor High School, was named 2nd place overall in the Agricultural Power Systems Division of the 2019 National FFA Agriscience Fair at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

Hoyle is a sophomore at Taylor High.

His project studied the use of various agricultural wastes as potential sources of biofuels. This was his third year to compete as a finalist in the National FFA Agriscience Fair and his second time to be a top three national finalist, winning gold emblem.

Taylor FFA member Rayne Cranford was also a finalist and placed 5th in the Plant Systems Division, winning gold emblem. Cranford’s project studied the benefits of soybean bacterial inoculation.

Mattison McLelland, an 8th grader at Taylor, placed 10th in junior high Plant Systems, winning silver emblem. McLelland’s project studied the effects of row spacing on soybean growth.

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 compete in the national agriscience fair in one of six categories.

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 12 within their respective categories.

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