Agricultural Education

Agricultural Education provides a broad preparation in agricultural sciences and professional education, including communications and human relations skills. 

Graduates of the Agricultural Education program are expected to have the competencies to perceive needs of the communities in which they live and work and to take an active part in meeting those needs. As representatives of the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences, the College of Education, and Clemson University, graduates are to demonstrate the skills expected of all graduates of a leading land grant university.

The Owl Newsletter

Clemson University Agricultural Education Program newsletter


Outstanding Young Member Awards
Region VMeghan Wood
Meghan Wood
Aiken High School
Aiken, SC
Throughout her five years of teaching, Wood has held to one philosophy; “To be an effective teacher within the classroom, one should be involved outside the classroom.  It is through the community that the teacher learns how to educate the whole student.” 

Wood is continually working to create and improve opportunities for her students.  She has developed a curriculum based on plant science, with a focus on horticulture.  This strong horticulture emphasis is due to the large nursery and greenhouse industry that surrounds the community of Aiken.   Students can choose from Horticulture for the Workplace I, Horticulture for the Workplace II, and Nursery Landscape Technology.  Through these courses students gain the practical skills and learn the financial aspects of running a horticulture business.

The agriculture program’s FFA chapter has earned the three-star gold emblem chapter award the past three years for their community service.  Vegetables grown in the program’s greenhouse are donated to the Golden Harvest Food Bank, providing local lower income families with fresh fruits and vegetables they might not otherwise be able to afford.       

“Meghan has done an outstanding job in establishing a very well rounded program at her school,” said Stephen E. Sanderson, S.C. State Director of Agricultural Education.  “As a result, she has built up a strong enrollment of students and produced some outstanding graduates.”

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Bankston Named State Beef Ambassador

Picture of Emmanuel Bankston

COLUMBIA, SC….Emmanuel Bankston of Beaufort, SC, recently retired state FFA vice president, has been selected to serve as the South Carolina Beef Ambassador for 2010, according to John W. Parris, state director of public affairs with the SC FFA organization.
Bankston’s primary responsibilities as ambassador include promoting the consumption of beef by raising consumer awareness of its value as a reasonably priced, nutritious food. An outstanding speaker, Bankston will also make numerous educational presentations on the importance of the beef industry to student groups and adult organizations throughout the state.
A former SC Farm Bureau Youth Ambassador and sophomore at Clemson University majoring in Agricultural Education, Bankston will travel to Rapid City, South Dakota in October, 2010, to compete in the National Beef Ambassador Finals.
“Bankston’s selection to this prestigious agriculture promotional position gives evidence to the outstanding leadership training FFA members are receiving through their experiences as students of Agricultural Education in South Carolina schools,” Mr. Parris said.
The mission of the FFA is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through Agricultural Education.

Sally YonBred to be a Tiger – Sally Yon
Ag Ed undergrad Sally Yon’s career interest combines two areas she’s passionate about: young people and agriculture. She’s been able to turn some of her favorite hobbies into scholarship generators. She won many of her awards through participating in 4-H and FFA. Last November, Yon was crowned Miss American Angus in Louisville, Ky.