South Carolina’s Commissioner’s School of Agriculture

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with Clemson University just completed the 14th annual Commissioner’s School of Agriculture at Clemson.

This is a competitive, one-week program for rising high school juniors to introduce them to the agriculture field.

This one-of-a-kind school hosts about 40 students every summer from all across the southeast, and the country, having graduated over 400 students.  The program does not use any state dollars and is supported by generous sponsors who help keep tuition cost down.

For more information about the Commissioner’s school, visit

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.