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Members of the LaRue County FFA Chapter in Kentucky were one of 33 teams participating in the National FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Event. The event was held in conjunction with the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville.
The team, led by advisor Misty Bivens, was awarded a Silver emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 127 other participants.
Kyle DeVary received a Silver emblem, Branden Pepper received a Silver emblem, Curtis Pepper received a Gold emblem, and Lane Meredith received a Gold emblem.
The top-10 individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the food science and technology event are sponsored by Kraft Foods Group as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Food Science and Technology CDE is designed to test a student’s basic knowledge of food science as well as the student’s ability to apply this knowledge to practical situations. Each team participates in a timed team product development project, and each individual participates in practicums involving food sensory evaluation and food safety and sanitation as well as a written exam.
This event, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.