Gavin Murphy and Brennan Holland of the Smackover FFA Chapter received first place honors in the Agriscience Division II at the 92nd Arkansas FFA State Convention, Hot Springs, Arkansas, April 22-24.
Division II includes individuals in seventh and eighth grades. The seventh-grade team members’ project was titled “Store Bought vs Farm Fresh Eggs.”
The 13-year-old boys studied the types of eggs people preferred, farm fresh and store bought, and determined why people bought these specific kinds.
“We learned most people prefer store bought eggs to farm fresh,” the boys said. “We also saw people who bought farm fresh eggs began to prefer them instead of the store bought ones.”
Murphy, 13, is the son of Emily and James McDaniel. Holland, 13, is the son of Jason Holland and Alana Morlane. Their agricultural educational instructors and advisors are Jayme Bruton and Brian Jackson.
The FFA Agriscience Fair recognizes students who study the application of scientific principles and emerging technologies in agricultural enterprises. Participation begins at the local level and progresses to the state and national levels.
FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education division in the Arkansas Department of Career and Technology Education system. With more than 14,000 members and 202 chapters. 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. To learn more about the Arkansas FFA, visit arkansasffa.org.