Agriculture Student Mary Hammock Wins State Discussion Meet

Six students competed in the state-level Young Farmers event.

Agriculture Students at State Discussion Meet

Ferrum, Va. (Dec. 19, 2013) – Last month, six Ferrum College agriculture students, accompanied by Assistant Professor of Animal Science Nancy Brubaker, traveled to Lynchburg to compete during the Virginia State Collegiate Young Farmers Discussion Meet, which was held on Fri., Nov. 15, 2013, at Central Virginia Community College.

Sophomore agriculture sciences major Mary Hammock, of Gretna, Va., freshman Scott Harris, of Troutville, Va., and sophomore Alex Shepley, of Winchester, Va., all placed in the top eight during the discussion meet. Hammock was one of two winners and in February will travel to Virginia Beach to represent Virginia at the Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers National Convention Collegiate Discussion Meet.

A discussion meet is a judged conversation about agricultural topics. Contestants know the questions beforehand and research and practice ahead of a competition. In addition to Hammock, Harris and Shepley, the other Ferrum competitors included sophomore Scott Henshaw, of Madison, Va., freshman William “Billy Mac” Halsey, of Independence, Va.; and freshman Virginia Pannill, of Culpeper, Va. 2012 State Winner and senior agriculture student Jeb Early, of Bealeton, Va., coached the students.

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

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Ferrum College Agriculture Club members pictured left to right: Freshman Virginia Pannill, freshman William “Billy Mac” Halsey, sophomore Mary Hammock, sophomore Alex Shepley, sophomore Scott Henshaw, and freshman Scott Harris. Photo courtesy of Nancy Brubaker.

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.