RCBI sponsors student competition to reward Ag Innovation

Sept. 13, 2018

To encourage innovation and problem-solving among students interested in agriculture, the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and statewide partners announce the second-annual West Virginia Agriculture Technology & Innovation Student Competition, which offers cash prizes to winners.

“We’re working to inspire and recognize students who can solve current and emerging issues in agriculture and food production,” said Bill Woodrum, project director of RCBI’s Agricultural Innovations initiative.

The competition emphasizes solving an agriculture issue in one of the six focus areas: agribusiness systems; plant systems; animal systems; environmental and natural resources management; power, structural and technical systems; and food products and processing systems. The competition was designed to complement the new skills sets recently added recently to agricultural students’ studies about innovation and technology.  

Applications can be completed electronically at www.rcbi.org/go/agcompetand are due by October 19. West Virginia students in 7th through 12th grades are eligible to compete.

Finalists will pitch their ideas Nov. 14 at the West Virginia Agricultural Innovation Showcase in Moorefield. Category and overall winners will be announced Dec. 13 at the West Virginia Agricultural Innovation Showcase in Huntington. Cash prizes, including a top prize of $500, will be awarded to winning entries in each category.

Joining RCBI in this effort to promote agricultural technology and spur innovation are Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Small Business Development Center.

For more information, contact Tina Metzer at 304.490.9308 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .