Dr. Thomas R. Scott, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences,
welcomes Pendleton FFA members to Clemson University.
PENDLETON FFA LAUNCHES NATIONAL AG WEEK
OBSERVANCE WITH CLEMSON TOUR
PENDLETON, SC....The Pendleton High School FFA Chapter, under the leadership of Agri-Science Instructor and FFA Advisor Blake Berry, joined with the Dean’s Office of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University on Monday, March 18, to launch the observance of National Agriculture Week, March 17-23, 2013.
A group of Pendleton FFA members spent the day on the Clemson campus meeting with officials, faculty and staff in the various departments of the college. The event was planned and coordinated by Katie H. Black, coordinator of Student Relations and Recruitment with the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, in concert with Mr. Berry. Mrs. Black welcomed the group to Clemson and discussed the procedures involved for admission to Clemson University. She also shared valuable information about role and responsibilities of the College.
Dr. Thomas R. Scott. Dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, welcomed and addressed the Pendleton group at a 9 AM session in the new Life Science Building adjacent the Poole Plant and Animal Science Center. Dr. Scott discussed the importance of Agriculture including its significant impact on the American economy as the number one employer in the US work force and the many career opportunities available to young people who properly prepare for entrance into the science, business or technology of Agriculture by graduating from Clemson University or other institutions of higher learning.
After the informative and impressive session with Dr. Scott, Mrs. Black led the group on a tour of the state-of-the-art greenhouses located in the Biosystems Research Complex. That was followed by a visit to the Plant Tissue Laboratory with a presentation by Post-Doctoral candidate, Rabia El-Hawaz, a graduate student In the Plant and Environmental Sciences Program. The group then heard a presentation by Dr. Tom Dobbins, Chair of the Agriculture Division of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences about the Agricultural Education Program. Dr. Kendal Kirk, professor in the Agricultural Mechanization and Business Program of the College, led the students on a tour of the Ag Mechanization Laboratories. Dr. Lance Beecher, instructor of Fisheries led a tour of the greenhouses used for an Aquaponics undergraduate research project. Following lunch, the group visited the Clemson Student Organic Farm and heard a presentation by Farm Manager Shawn Jadrnicek. The day-long visit to Clemson ended with a tour of the Musser Fruit Research Farm led by Kathy Brock and Trey Burrell.
The Pendleton students and Mr. Berry, along with faculty and staff of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, enjoyed lunch at the Seasons by the Lake Restaurant in the Madren Center hosted by John W. Parris, director of the SC Agri-News Service and a media consultant to the Pendleton High School Agri-Science Department.
The observance of National Ag Week is designed to educate Americans on the value of Agriculture in their daily lives including making informed personal choices about diet and health; understanding policies that support a competitive Agricultural industry; learning about the more than 300 career opportunities in Agriculture; recognizing the importance of teaching Agriculture to all secondary school students: and an appreciation of its economic, social and environmental significance.
Katie Black with College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson leads students through the state-of-the-art greenhouses.
Post-Doctoral Candidate Rabia El-Hawaz discusses the Tissue Laboratory in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Program at Clemson.
Dr. Tom Dobbins, Chair, Agriculture Division, School of Agriculture and Environmental
Sciences at Clemson, gives a presentation on the Agricultural Education Program.
Dr. Kendal Kirk, professor of Agricultural Mechanization and Business at Clemson,
led the students on a tour of the Ag Mechanization Laboratories.
Shawn Jadrnicek, manager of the Student Organic Farm at Clemson,
gave a presentation on the operation.
Pendleton FFA members and advisor were joined by College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences faculty
and staff for lunch at the Seasons by the Lake Restaurant in the Madren Center at Clemson.
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