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Rising star in Agriscience

The North Dakota FFA Association announces the winners of some of its most prestigious award categories to be awarded at the annual North Dakota State FFA Convention June 3-6: The Star Awards.

Staff Report

The Star Awards highlight students who have mastered skills in production, finance, management or research. The “Star” categories include: Star Farmer, Star in Agricultural Placement, Star in Agriscience and Star in Agribusiness.  The individuals selected as finalists for these awards are made up of high school students in North Dakota. They must be a member of the ND FFA to qualify.

“These members have worked incredibly hard all year long, and it is always exciting to unveil the winners for the Star Awards,” says Tamra Maddock, Executive Director of the North Dakota FFA Foundation. “We are proud of the work they have done with their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) to get to this point and wish them the best should they continue to be able to create an application for the national star awards.”

Abbigale’s research includes seven projects in the plant and animal science pathways. Her research has covered areas of feed efficiency, parasite control, reproduction, soil health, fertilization and meat labeling. The “Effects of P.G. 600 and CIDRs on the Conception Rate of Ewes” and “Which Beef Breeding Protocols are Best for Sheep?” were two of her favorite projects. During the research she used CIDRs, Lutalyse, GNRH and P.G. 600 to determine how they affect the reproduction success of ewes. Her latest project involved the public perception on meat labeling involving 765 anonymous volunteers ranging from 18-76 years of age from several states.

Her work has attracted the interest of veterinarians, sheep and beef ranchers. She was asked to present at the ND Lamb and Wool Convention where over 65 people attended her session. She has presented at Dickinson State University and the Bowman-Slope Ag Banquet. She also finished ninth in the Animal Systems pathway at the National FFA Convention.

Abbigale is the president of the Scranton FFA Chapter. Her advisor is Mrs. Misty Steeke. She is the daughter of Trevor and Misty Steeke.

The Star in Agriscience is awarded to an FFA member who is actively engaged in agriscience research and experimentation through his or her SAE program. To be considered for this award, a member must be actively involved in the development of the experimental design, data collection, interpretation and publishing the results.