Mon, 5 September 2022
OFI 1481: Developing A Herbicide In High School | FFA SAE Edition | Sydney Hefty | DeKalb High School FFA
I am always amazed by the natural curiosity that students who are American Star Finalists for Agriscience Research have. Today's interview illustrates exactly why that is.
Sydney Hefty has quite an FFA legacy already going in her family. Her cousin, Leah Hefty, previous a guest on this show, was also an American Star Finalist in the category of Agriscience Research, and is now Sydney's FFA Advisor. Sydney and Leah's grandfather was a career FFA Advisor, and he introduced Sydney to science and research when she was just five years old, but not because he saw this coming. He wanted Sydney to get involved with public speaking as soon as possible, and the only avenue open to her at that age was the science fair. Little did he know that he was tapping into a natural curiosity and aptitude for research that would carry forward all the way to today and the National FFA Convention.
Sydney has been researching ever since. For example, she once looked at a wind turbine, wondered how it worked and then designed her own out of an empty cylinder of Quaker Oats. She also saw the need for something different that would be able to kill pigweed because of its resistance to conventional herbicides, and she developed her own, organic herbicide with a 94% kill rate!
All of this has led Sydney now to Purdue University where she is studying agricultural economics, she is already teaching courses as a sophomore and she continues to chase her natural desire for research and problem solving!
Here is Sydney's Recipe for her natural herbicide
SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Integrated Agriscience
HIGH SCHOOL: DeKalb High School; Waterloo, Indiana
FFA ADVISOR: Leah Hefty
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SYDNEY HEFTY:
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DeKalb High School's Telephone Number: (260) 920-1012
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