Agriculture Club Members Attend Farm Bureau Collegiate Retreat

Five students attended the inaugural southern region event held at Clemson University.

Agriculture Club at 2013 South Region Farm Bureau Collegiate Retreat

Ferrum, VA (Nov. 22, 2013) – Five Ferrum College Agriculture Club members attended the 2013 South Region Farm Bureau Collegiate Retreat held Nov. 8 – 10 at Clemson University. Recent graduate Deanna Reid ’13, of Broadway, Va., joined current students Jeb Early, of Bealeton, Va., Mary Hammock, of Chatham, Va., Scott Henshaw, of Reva, Va., and Alex Shepley, of Winchester, Va., at the inaugural event, which gave them the opportunity to network, socialize and learn with other students and producers involved in agriculture.

“It is great to have our Agriculture Science students and alumni taking the initiative to get actively involved in programs throughout the region,” said Dr. Bob Pohlad, coordinator of the Ferrum College Agriculture Sciences program. “Our Agriculture Club has always been one of the most active organizations on campus.”

The College’s Agriculture Club members, who are also Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers, were five of fourteen Young Farmers & Ranchers from Virginia to attend the retreat where Averett University, Virginia State University and Virginia Tech were also represented. At the retreat, the Virginia students networked with other students from Clemson, North Carolina State University and Mount Olive College during sessions including Social Media, Promoting Agriculture and Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Programs, Determining Strengths as Leaders, and Preparing for Job Interviews and Future Jobs. They also participated in a photo scavenger hunt at Clemson as a fun way to make new friends and see the campus.

“It was a fun weekend and we all learned a lot about other schools and their Young Farmers & Ranchers programs, as well as about the agriculture in South Carolina,” said Reid. “It also was a great way to meet people from many different agricultural backgrounds and to hear and see what other agriculture clubs are doing.” 

Ferrum College is the only private, 4-year college in Virginia that offers an agriculture degree program.

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About the photograph: Ferrum College Agriculture Club members (left to right, standing) Scott Henshaw, Jeb Early, Alex Shepley, and (seated) Mary Hammock, attended the 2013 Southern Region Farm Bureau Collegiate Retreat held last weekend at Clemson University. Not pictured but also in attendance representing the College was Deanna Reid ’13.

About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's degree programs, at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. The College celebrates its centennial in 2013.