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