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Stillwater FFA's Agriscience Star Finalist Adrienne Blakey in Indy to Compete for National Honors

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:41:03 CDT

Stillwater FFA's Agriscience Star Finalist Adrienne Blakey in Indy to Compete for National Honors At the 2018 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis - Oklahoma continues the tradition of placing finalists into the Star Competition. Oklahoma has two Star Finalists for 2018. One of them is a National Star Finalist in Agriscience - Adrienne Blakey of the Stillwater FFA Chapter, who sat down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays to talk about her Agriscience project before hitting the road to Indianapolis this week. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.


“I started my Agriscience research SAE when I came to Oklahoma State University and got plugged in with undergraduate research. I’ve been a part of a couple different interrelated studies all focusing on answering the question of whether of not there’s a connection between modern wheat breeding and the rise in gluten sensitivity that we’ve seen the past couple of decades.”


Blakey has taken the position in her study that the issue holds enough merit to warrant the additional research to go back and consider if there is any chance of a correlation and to ensure the OSU’s Wheat Breeding Team is churning out the safest, highest quality product it can for consumption. Early results of that research has been encouraging that the only result in grain and nutritional quality have been positive, she says, but says it will take time for real definitive results to be compiled.


“For people with Celiac disease, it is something that should be avoided, but often times we’re seeing a number of people who have self-diagnosed themselves as gluten sensitive or intolerant,” she said. “While that’s fine to make those personal decisions, when it becomes a problem and becomes media misinformation and begins to have a adverse effect on an entire industry - that’s when it gets to be kind of concerning.”


One again, we are taking pictures in and around the 2018 National FFA Convention- click or tap here to check out the National Convention Album on FLICKR. By the way- we continue a tradition as several state officers of the Oklahoma FFA will be taking pictures for us during the course of the meeting.


Our exclusive coverage of the 2018 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis October 24-27 is a service of ITC Great Plains, Your Energy Superhighway- learn more about this high voltage, transmission only utility and their commitment to the communities they serve which is the cornerstone of their business - Click or tap here for their webpage. We also appreciate the support of the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. Click or tap here for more information about one of the top states in the US in the FFA- the Oklahoma FFA Association. FFA is a student organization for high school-aged students interested in agriculture and leadership. Oklahoma FFA impacts the lives of over 27,000 members in 359 chapters across the state.



   




   

You can listen to Adrienne's complete interview with Ron Hays by clicking the LISTEN BAR below.
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