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East County News Service

November 9, 2018 (Lakeside) -- Blake Coleman of the Lakeside Middle Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter in Lakeside, California, took home 2nd place at the 2018 National FFA Agriscience Fair in the Plant Systems category, Division I of the competition.

His Agriscience project, “Which Natural Fertilizer Works Best” entailed testing the growth of peas plants  in goat manure, ash, coffee grounds and a control. The purpose of his project was to investigate which natural fertilizer works the best to save farmers money and produce for them the best crops. He concluded that goat manure was the most effective fertilizer.


The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a key competition that is part of the annual National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis. To qualify, FFA members working as individuals or teams in grades seven through twelve are required to conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture or food science industries and win their state’s FFA agriscience fair.


Individuals or teams compete in one of six categories - animal systems; environmental services/natural resources systems; food products and processing systems; plant systems; power, structural and technical systems; or social science - on six divisions - individuals in grades 7-8, teams grade 7-8, individuals grades 9-10, teams grades 9-10, individuals 11-12, and teams grades 11-12.


The Lakeside Union School District is so proud of Blake Coleman and their new middle school chapter,” a press release from Lakeside School District states. “Blake has begun a legacy of excellence at Lakeside Middle he is bringing home his from the national FFA Agriscience fair Convention & Expo experience and sharing his knowledge with his fellow FFA members, It’s the FFA WAY!