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Students from 5 States to Take Part in Commissioner’s School for Agriculture

It is never too early for high school students to learn about different careers, and the South Carolina Commissioner's School for Agriculture gives students that opportunity each summer. This year, 38 high school juniors and seniors from South Carolina and four other states will attend the school held July 20 – 26 at Clemson University.

Commissioner's School allows students to get an inside look at various agriculture and natural resources related careers. Students participate in academic tours, presentations, and conduct laboratory and research projects. Here are some of the hands-on activities:

Stream Assessment Activity – Clemson Experimental Forest: July 21 from 12:45 p.m – 3:45 p.m.
Forestry Study – Clemson Experimental Forest: July 22 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Organic Farm Tour: July 22 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Shooting Sports at the Gun Range: July 22 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Clemson Peach Farm Tour: July 23 from 10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Athletic Turfgrass at Death Valley: July 25 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Since the school started 10 years ago, more than 300 students have taken part. Commissioner's School is a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) and Clemson University's College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.

For more information, contact SCDA's Kelly Coakley at 803-734-2196 or, or Clemson University's Katie Black at 864-656-6662 or is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.