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Teens participate in AgDiscovery program at Fort Valley State University

Published: 07/01/2016 3:16PM
By: booner

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Fort Valley State University faculty, staff and student assistants pose for a photo with the 2016 AgDiscovery participants during closing ceremonies June 17.

Sixteen 14-17 year-old high school students from across the U.S. left their hometowns for a memorable experience in agriculture at Fort Valley State University.

From June 6-17, the students took part in the AgDiscovery program at FVSU. AgDiscovery is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded outreach program held on 20 college campuses across the country. Its purpose is to expose middle and high school students to possible careers in fields such as agribusiness, animal sciences, veterinary medicine and plant pathology.

During their two-week stay, students lived in FVSU’s dormitories and received hands-on experience by conducting lab experiments dealing with plants and animals. Other activities included social exercises promoting teamwork and field trips to places such as the Georgia Aquarium and the Atlanta Zoo.

Dillon Muhlenkamp, a rising high school sophomore from Bryant, Ind., said he was hesitant at first about participating in the program because of the distance from his hometown. His doubts vanished after arriving to FVSU and meeting FVSU faculty and students. “I’m super glad I came,” Dillon said. The “Hoosier State” native said that he would highly recommend the program to anyone interested because of the warm treatment and thorough instruction he received at FVSU.

Dr. George McCommon, coordinator of the AgDiscovery Program and head of FVSU’s Department of Veterinary Sciences and Public Health said FVSU has worked with the program for six years. “This has been an incredible group. They are intelligent and really interested in the material. They also are a lot of fun. Everyone enjoyed working with them. I think this program really makes a difference in people’s lives.” McCommon said.

For more information about the AgDiscovery Program, visit www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery, or contact McCommon at (478) 825-6424 (mcommog@fvsu.edu).