Emily Arkfield's studies on the role of genetics in the meat quality of her family's swine business have already earned her recognition among the swine industry's experts and leaders. Now, she can add a national award to her ever-growing list of accomplishments.
Last month, Arkfield, a high school senior, was recognized as Agriscience Student of Year and was presented with a $1,500 scholarship during the 80th annual National FFA Convention. She is a member of the Lourdes Central Catholic FFA Chapter in Nebraska City, and the daughter of Luanne and Timothy Arkfield. Her FFA advisor is her father.
Eight national finalists are selected for the Agriscience Student of the Year award. To qualify, applicants must present the findings of their own agriscience-related research projects. They are also evaluated on their general academic achievements and their involvement in school and community activities.
The Agriscience Student of the Year Scholarship and Recognition Program is sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
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. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.