SC Commissioner Weathers: Commissioner’s School for Agriculture is Underway

SC Commissioner Weathers: Commissioner’s School for Agriculture is Underway

This week, 36 students are on the Clemson University campus for the annual South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture. Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers joins me now with more.

  • Commissioner’s School is a career and leadership development summer program for high school students considering a career in the agricultural, natural resource and life science industries.
  • For the first time since 2019, this experience will be in-person for the whole week.
  • We kicked it off over the weekend with our Industry Tour Day: Titan Farms, Log Creek Timber and Amick Farms.
  • Three emphasis areas for students to choose among:
    • Livestock Production
    • Forestry & Natural Resources
    • Plant Science
  • Students have a rigorous schedule of academic sessions and laboratory research for each emphasis area. 
  • Other activities:
    • Discussion Meet, now headed up by Dr. Kirby Player and sponsored by SC Farm Bureau, which gives students the opportunity to work through some hot topics in ag
    • A visit to LaMaster Dairy at Clemson
    • An Expert Panel including some SCDA staff
    • An Etiquette Dinner
    • A Farm to Table Dinner the last night of Commissioner’s School. This year, those donating food for this dinner include Vertical Roots, Watsonia Farms, WP Rawl, Rooting Down Farms, the SC Beef Council and Francis Produce.
  • There’s lots of fun, too:
    • Early each morning, the student have the opportunity to participate in a fun tradition called Fitness Challenge.
    • There’s also a whitewater rafting trip.
  • All in all, this week is a great opportunity for students to explore what it would be like to work in or study agriculture.
  • A high percentage of students who attend this program end up enrolling at Clemson.