By Stephanie Glass, ZT FFA Reporter
Sarah Cox, a senior member of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter, was named as a finalist in the FFA National Agriscience Student of the Year competition during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Sarah earned this honor based on her research on treating hoof rot in goats with an extract from concord grapes. During the convention, Sarah presented her research to a panel of judges and answered questions from them regarding her work. She was recognized on stage with a plaque and awarded a scholarship of $750.00 from the National FFA Foundation.
In addition to these honors, Sarah was given the opportunity to visit the Monsanto research facility in St. Louis, Missouri along with the other seven finalists in the award area from November 9th-11th. During their trip the students learned about the role Monsanto is playing in helping to improve agriculture by touring their research greenhouses,
job shadowing with Monsanto employees and participating in discussions on sustainable agriculture and the use of technology to solve problems facing our world food supply. The trip was very informative and the students gained a great deal of insight on the roles of scientists and researchers in agriculture.
Sarah plans to continue her research and further her education in agriculture at the post-secondary level.