DACC Big Walnut Food Science Competition

December 10, 2017

Students in the Big Walnut – DACC Agricultural Education program competed in the State Food Science & Technology Career Development Event (CDE) on December 2, 2017. The event was sponsored by the Brewster Cheese Company and was hosted in the Parker Food Science Building at The Ohio State University. The team placed first out of 20 finalist teams in the state of Ohio and have earned the opportunity to compete in the National Food Science & Technology CDE in conjunction with the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo October 24-27 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This event is put on by food scientists who bring real world issues into the event. Students identified food processing equipment, completed a risk assessment on food processing facilities through pictures, classified food issues in customer complaint letters, completed sensory evaluations of food products, and completed five practical math applications. In addition to the individual activities, students also worked together to complete a team product development scenario. For this element, students were given three prototypes along with a nutritional analysis and target market information. Students were responsible for using the information to develop food packaging and a nutrition facts panel meeting FDA requirements in addition to responding to questions about the production of snack bars - all aspects from processing to nutrition are examined in the event.

Leading the team was Alex Parsio placing second in the state, followed by Ben Kessler, fifth; Lex Marvin, sixth; Faye Dean, 25th. The team was coached by Dr. Mary Kay Pohlschneider. There were a total of 1,290 students from 115 schools competing at all levels across the state of Ohio. The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is composed of 653,359 members belonging to one of 8,568 chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.