Troy, Mo. - The Missouri FFA Association recognized Izabella Zierra Hutton Kidwell of the Troy FFA Chapter as Area 5 Star in Agriscience at the 93rd Missouri FFA Convention.
Her parents are Megan Hutton Kidwell and Tyler Witt of Warrenton. Her advisors are Rob Calvin, Matt McCrory and Elizabeth Utterback.
Area Stars in Agriscience are selected based upon outstanding achievement in agriscience as part of a student’s supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 5 includes 19 chapters in the Northeast District.
MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 area Star in Agriscience awards and the State Star in Agriscience Award.
Kidwell’s SAE consists of researching swine conception and soybean treatments. Her swine experiment hypothesized which type of artificial insemination rods, spirett and transcervical, showed an increase in conception rates and litter sizes. During breeding, half of the sows received the spirett AI rod and the other half received the transcervical AI rod. She found the transcervical AI rod provided higher conception rates and larger litter sizes. Kidwell’s soybean-treatment experiment hypothesized how a custom-seed treatment, Tripidity ST or Stine Enlist E3 would affect the soybean seed growing stages. She measured the root length, mass, and height of the three soybean seeds during the VE (emergence), VC (unrolled unifoliate leaves), and V1 (first trifoliate) growing stages. She found that Tripidity ST had the tallest-average height, but Stine Enlist E3 had the greatest-average mass and root length.
Kidwell participated in the FFA knowledge leadership development event and soils career development event. In the FFA knowledge LDE, she placed ninth individually at state and second at nationals. She also placed third at state in the soils CDE. She is a graduate of Helping Youth Maximize Agricultural eXperiences Academy, and attended Troy Career Success Tour and Troy Agribusiness Leadership Experience.
In addition to FFA, Kidwell is vice president of Educators Rising. She participates in community youth volunteers and A+ program. Outside of school, she is captain of the Midwest Intensity 18u Fastpitch Softball team.
After graduating high school, Kidwell’s plans include attending University of Missouri-Columbia to study agricultural education.