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Stewart Wins Wisconsin FFA Agricultural Research – Animal Systems

June 13, 2023 Proficiency

The 2023 Winner in Agriscience Research – Animal Systems is Mariah Stewart of the Big Foot FFA. This proficiency is sponsored by Elkhorn FFA Alumni.

Growing up in Southern Wisconsin surrounded by agriculture and her involvement in agricultural classes led Mariah to become interested in the animal breeding process. That led Mariah to conduct a research project on boar sperm, and what makes the sperm perform better in order to improve the success of artificial insemination. Through the trials, Mariah experimented with what could be added to the sperm to make it stronger and if there was a way to preserve sperm for a longer period of time. In her experiment, Mariah was able to increase sperm motility by 75%.

Mariah’s advisor is Lisa Konkel.

Stewart will find out this summer if she is selected as one of four national finalists. If selected, Mariah will compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., in November.

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