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Sherrard Middle School 8th grader Savanna Garrison has earned a spot among the finalist in the 5th annual West Virginia Agriculture Technology & Innovation Student Competition sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University.

Category winners were announced during the West Virginia Agriculture Innovation Showcase in Moorefield on Thursday November 21, 2019. Savanna
grabbed first place in the Food Products and Processing Systems category.

She has created an app titled “Finding Farmers” to link farmers and consumers. The app will provide information on where people can buy
local, fresh fruits and vegetables. By visiting the farm, consumers will know exactly from where their food is coming. This aid in farmers getting paid what they deserve because they won’t have middle man costs to sell at a traditional grocery store. The app will not only be good for the farmer, but good for the community. #knowyourfarmer #findingfarmers

Finalists who placed first in each of the six categories will receive $100 in prizes. They will compete in two weeks for the grand prize at
the West Virginia Agriculture Innovation Showcase in Huntington.

The grand champion will receive $500 and the assistance of a business coach in developing an idea into a commercially-viable venture.

The showcases and student competition are sponsored by RCBI, Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and the West Virginia Department of Education.

“More than 180 students from across the state entered this year’s competition,” said
Bill Woodrum, coordinator of Agricultural Innovations and director of entrepreneurship at RCBI. “We welcome members of the public to join us December 18 in Huntington to see the latest agricultural innovations on display and watch our finalists present
their ideas for improving agriculture in West Virginia.”

State Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt will present the awards during the Huntington Showcase, which takes place on Wednesday, December
18, 2019 from 9:30 am until 2:15 pm in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.

The showcase, which encourages innovation, technology integration and problem-solving, is free and open to the public. Register to attend at rcbi.org/go/agshowcase2019.