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Introducing Rylee Smith of the Oologah FFA Chapter, Your 2022 Northeast Area Star in Agriscience

Thu, 07 Apr 2022 21:27:05 CDT

Introducing Rylee Smith of the Oologah FFA Chapter, Your 2022 Northeast Area Star in Agriscience During the month of April, the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma Farm Report is spotlighting the 17 Area Stars of Oklahoma FFA that are among the highest achievers in the organization.

The stars come from the five areas in four categories- Star in Ag Placement, Star in Agriscience, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Agricultural Production.

This week, we spotlight the three area stars in Agriscience in 2022.

One Star Finalist featured in the coming days from each of the categories, will be named the State Star Award Winner during the 96th Oklahoma State FFA Convention coming up May 3 and 4th in Tulsa, Okla.

This week, our coverage of the 2022 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists concludes with Agriscience competitor Rylee Smith of the Oologah FFA chapter representing the Northeast Area.

Smith's project involved testing the nutrient levels, organic matter and compaction of the soil after cattle have been allowed to graze the land for different amounts of time. Her results show that cattle can add important elements to the soil with proper land management.

Smith has competed with many different projects throughout her FFA career, her favorites being those related to her passion, food science, she said.

"I won food science last year, so I couldn't compete again, so I had to go with environmental which deals with the soil plants are grown in, so it essentially it leads to the food science category," Smith said.

Smith's favorite project, she said, was her junior year of high school when she tested vitamin c levels in oranges after two weeks of storage in three different types of places, the said.

"The results show that the best storage method for oranges in the fridge," she said.

Smith plans to attend Oklahoma State University and double-major in agriculture education and agricultural communications.

She plans to become an ag teacher because of her love for the FFA and everything she has learned in it so far.

"Ag teachers get to help future leaders of the world," Smith said, "I have become so passionate about it I have decided I want to stay in it."

Click here for all the information available about the 2022 State FFA Convention as found on the Oklahoma FFA website.

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Our stories from the 2022 Oklahoma FFA Convention will be located on our website within our Blue Green Gazette pages- and stories from this year and last can be seen by clicking here.



Ron Hays talks with Trevor Lucas about the 2022 Oklahoma FFA Convention in Tulsa
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