It may be the middle of summer, but that did not stop 38 high school juniors and seniors from across South Carolina and four other states from attending the 10th Annual South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture. Students attended the school July 20-26 at Clemson University and learned about career possibilities related to agriculture and natural resources.
Students took part in presentations and conducted laboratory and research projects like a stream assessment at Wildcat Creek. They also visited the University’s research farms, outdoor laboratories at Clemson’s experimental forest, and Death Valley where they learned about turfgrass management.
“The 2013 class is a very outstanding group. Their academic standing says to me that agribusiness is attracting the best and brightest of today's young people,” said South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers. “It's always rewarding for me to see these students get excited about agriculture!”
Since the school started 10 years ago, more than 350 students have attended. Commissioner’s School is a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.