Commissioner’s School targets agriculture careers
By Katie Hulse
High school juniors and seniors gathered at Clemson this summer for the fourth annual South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture. The intense, one-week program gives students a glimpse into the academic and career possibilities in agriculture and natural resources.
This year 32 students, including six from out of state, attended sessions on organic food, greenhouse production, athletic turfgrass management, animal and veterinary sciences, packaging science, and forestry and natural resources management. The group also visited the university’s research farms, Clemson Experimental Forest, and the Walhalla Fish Hatchery.
Nearly 60 percent of the Commissioner’s School alumni select majors in agriculture and the life sciences. The summer program, which helps students select a career path, is a partnership between the S.C. Department of Agriculture and the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.
Sponsors include Advocates for Agriculture, AgSouth, Clemson Agricultural Alumni Association, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, and county Soil and Water Conservation districts.
For information: Katie Hulse, 864-656-6662, firstname.lastname@example.org