Weathers: 2018 Commissioner’s School for Agriculture

Even though it’s only January, it’s time to start thinking about Commissioner’s School for Agriculture. Applications are now being accepted for this year’s class. Commissioner Hugh Weathers joins me now with more:

  • This will be our 15th class at Commissioner’s School for Agriculture. We pride ourselves in providing rising juniors and seniors an opportunity to explore ag related majors and careers.


  • The School is held every summer at Clemson University. The folks at Clemson have been great partners in this ongoing effort to engage the future leaders of agriculture.


  • To date, we have 465 graduates of the program. 76% of our graduates who are currently enrolled in college are studying agriculture, and of those that have graduated, 40% chose a career in ag.


  • While all of the students that attend Commissioners School have expressed an interest in agriculture, they don’t all necessarily come from a farming background.


  • The weeklong summer program includes academic sessions with a little fun mixed in. Students select a path of study from animal sciences, forestry & natural resources or horticulture.


  • Also, the students are taken on an industry tour where they see the actual production process of agriculture. They visit farms such as Titan Farms, Yon family Farms, Amick Farms, Log Creek Timber.


  • And they have the chance to go white water rafting, visit Death Valley, shooting sports and enjoy a Certified SC farm to table dinner.


  • The application process has become increasingly competitive. We only accept 35-40 students out of a pool of around 60 applications. Students must complete a written application and submit a current issues essay. They also can send a video for their personal introduction.


  • If you have a high school student interested in agriculture, I encourage you to have them apply. The experience will benefit them for years to come.


  • Commissioner’s School will be held July 21nd through the 27th and applications must be postmarked no later than April 13th. Tuition is $375 for in state students and $650 for non-residents.