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SOUTH CAROLINA AGRI-NEWS SERVICE

JOHN W. PARRIS, DIRECTOR

PO BOX 8312

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29202

scffa@bellsouth.net                                                                                                                              803-315-2987

 

May 24, 2019

 

                                                                                                                                                                         

FIRST STATE FFA OFFICER CANDIDATE SUMMIT HELD IN SOUTH CAROLINA

 

               

COLUMBIA, SC……The inaugural State FFA Officer Candidate Summit in South Carolina convened at the White Oak Conference Center near Winnsboro, SC, May 10-11, 2019, reports John W. Parris, director of the SC Agri-News Service.

              

Twelve candidates vying for the 2019-20 State FFA Officer Team attended the event and spent considerable time with state FFA officers Erica Wearing, Mariah Swygert, Peyton Busbee, Amanda Taylor and Jessie Comer who assisted with interview training and facilitated an orientation session on the responsibilities of a state FFA officer.                   

               

Clemson University Collegiate FFA members Austin Cathcart, Audrey Cutlip, Samantha Parker, Joey McCannon, Matthew Bonnette, Katie Martin, Christie Tindal, Anna Catherine Wayne, Philip Rhodes and Jacob Cathcart who had served as state FFA officers or collegiate FFA leaders, conducted other leadership training sessions including extemporaneous speaking, team activity and role playing.                   

               

Additionally, the candidates participated in break-out sessions on social media etiquette, meal etiquette, diversity, and agricultural advocacy conducted by Stephanie Sox and Elizabeth Wood with the SC Farm Bureau Federation.

             

Sponsors of the summit included the SC Farm Bureau, the SC Conservation Districts Foundation, Walter P. Rawl Farms, John W. Parris, Dr. David Frazier, Tarleton State College, South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture, and Dr. and Mrs. H. Wayne Beam.

             

The State FFA Officer Candidate Summit was a brain-child of Austin Cathcart of Irmo, SC, an alumnus and former president of the Lexington-Richland School District Five FFA Chapter, and who has served as a past president of the SC FFA Association and outgoing president of the Clemson University Collegiate FFA Organization.    

             

“Austin, a rising senior at Clemson University majoring in Agricultural Education, promoted the idea of a State FFA Officer Candidate Summit”, Mr. Parris said. “He raised adequate funds to underwrite the event, planned the two day program, secured professionally qualified speakers and contracted with the White Oak Conference Center officials to use the excellent facilities”, he added.

             

State Agricultural Education Officials Billy Keels and Pat Earle attended the summit along with Jillian Lash, executive director of the SC FFA Association, and a number of agricultural educators who serve as FFA advisors.

 

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Editor: For additional information contact Austin Cathcart at 803-603-7346 or austincathcart98@gmail.com or John W. Parris, Director, SC Agri-News Service, Columbia, SC at 803-315-2987 or   scffa@bellsouth.net    

SOUTH CAROLINA AGRI-NEWS SERVICE
JOHN W. PARRIS, DIRECTOR
PO BOX 8312
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29202
scffa@bellsouth.net 803-315-2987
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 24, 2019

 

FFA ALUMNUS DR. TOM DOBBINS RECEIVES PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AWARD AT CLEMSON

 

COLUMBIA, SC……Dr. Tom Dobbins, State Director of the Cooperative Extension Service at Clemson University, is the recipient of the Outstanding Professional Service Award presented by the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson in concert with its National Agricultural Alumni Board of Directors, reports John W. Parris, Director of the SC Agri-News Service.


A farm boy from the Townville community and a graduate of Pendleton High School where he was an FFA member and state FFA president, Dobbins graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia in 1980 with an associate degree in Agriculture and from Clemson University in 1982 with a B.S. in Agricultural Education. He also received an M.S. in Dairy Science from Clemson in 1988.


Dobbins’ professional career began as an agricultural education instructor at West Oak High School followed by the position of Dairy Specialist with the Clemson Extension Service. He entered Virginia Tech in 1997 and graduated with a PhD in Vocational and Technical Education in 1999. He then served as professor and chairman of the Agricultural Education Program at Clemson University until 2014 when he was named State Director of the Cooperative Extension Service at Clemson.


As a result of Dr. Dobbins’ leadership, the Clemson University Extension Service is at the top of the list of outstanding programs in the nation. Significantly-increased support by the SC General Assembly has provided Dr. Dobbins with the opportunity to add a number of new professionals to serve agricultural businesses and industries in South Carolina. He is in the process of improving and expanding the T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena, one of the premier multi-purpose livestock facilities in the Southeast. He is also improving the research and educational centers throughout the state. He initiated the SC Extension Service Hall of Fame to recognize and honor outstanding county agents of the past and present.


Dr. Dobbins supervises the state agricultural education administrative staff who assist agricultural educators in more than 100 schools in South Carolina. He serves as superintendent of the livestock division of the SC State Fair and founded the popular Commissioner’s School for Agriculture held at Clemson University each summer.


A widely recognized leader in public education, Dr. Dobbins serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Anderson County School District Four and is an active member of the SC School Boards Association.


“Dr. Dobbins is a strong believer in keeping agriculturalists informed of the latest scientific technology, crop improvement systems and marketing strategies,” Mr. Parris said. “He has a positive vision for the future of agriculture in South Carolina that inspires agriculturalists, legislators, educators and other friends to join him in making his goal an exciting reality”, he added.
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Note to Editor: For additional information contact Dr. Tom Dobbins at 864-656-3382 or John W. Parris at 803-315-2987.

SOUTH CAROLINA AGRI-NEWS SERVICE

JOHN W. PARRIS, DIRECTOR

PO BOX 8312

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29202

scffa@bellsouth.net
803-315-2987 
                                                                                                                          

 

                        FFA ALUMNUS IS CLEMSON UNIVERSITY’S OUTSTANDING YOUNG AGRICULTURALIST

 

COLUMBIA, SC….Dr. Matthew G.  Burns of Pendleton, SC, State Beef Specialist with Clemson University Extension Service, is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Agricultural Alumnus Award  presented by Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Science   National Agricultural Alumni Board of Directors. He is an alumnus of the Pendleton High School Agricultural Education Program and FFA Organization.            

 

Dr. Burns, a 2005 graduate of Clemson University with a BS in Animal and Veterinary Science, earned an MS in Animal Science and Industry from Kansas State University in 2007 and was awarded a Ph.D in Animal and Veterinary Science by Clemson University in 2012.

 

A master communicator, Dr. Burns leads a dynamic public relations program for the animal industry in South Carolina on behalf of Clemson University. He serves as an adjunct professor in the Animal and Veterinary Science Department at Clemson and the Clemson Extension Service liaison to the SC Farm Bureau Beef Cattle Advisory Committee, the SC Beef Council and the SC Cattlemen’s Association. He also supervises the SC Junior Beef Round Up.

 

Actively involved in state, regional and national beef cattle conferences as a featured speaker, Dr. Burns receives substantial federal funding each year to develop and promote programs to enhance the success of the beef industry.  

 

He was nominated for this prestigious award by John W. Parris, director of the SC Agri-News Service in Columbia and a member of the Clemson Agricultural Alumni Board of Directors.

              

Dr. Burns is married to Dr. Ashley Burns, a native of Marietta, GA, who serves as Assistant Director of the South Carolina 4-H Program.  Together they have a four-year-old daughter named Eleanor.  Dr.  Burns is the son of Gary and Sarah Burns of Pendleton.

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Eau Claire, Wis. (January 18, 2019) – Realityworks, Inc., announces the receipt of a 2019 Florida Career Pathways Best Practice Award. Presented at the 2019 Florida Career Pathways Network Symposium in Jensen Beach, FL on January 17, the award recognizes Realityworks’ prioritization of educator and administrator partnerships to ensure the company’s training tools meet student needs while teaching in-demand job skills.

“We’re dedicated to creating innovative learning tools that keep today’s students and teachers in mind, and our product development practices reflect that dedication,” said Realityworks Product Marketing Manager Jamey McIntosh, who accepted the award from Florida Career Pathways Network President Chris Jargo. “It is by asking teachers what they need that we create quality training tools for their classrooms.”

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Steven Bradley, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

December 21, 2018

CLEMSON — As Clemson University celebrated a century of Agricultural Education this year, the current faculty reflected on the anniversary not only as a milestone but also as a reminder of the program’s impact.

Clemson's current Agricultural Education faculty members pose.

And that impact doesn’t just extend to their own students at Clemson but is felt exponentially through future generations across the state and nation who grow up involved in agriculture.

“If you talk to our students and ask them who was their mentor in high school or what helped them through a troubling time in their life, many are going to say it was my ag teacher or it was my involvement in my FFA program in high school that built a family for me,” said Catherine DiBenedetto, assistant professor in Clemson’s Agricultural Sciences Department. “Ag serves a diverse population of students, and it really becomes their passion because they get a chance to get involved in something they’ve never experienced before.”

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SOUTH CAROLINA AGRI-NEWS SERVICE

PO BOX 8312

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29202

 

                                                                                                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…December 14, 2018

 

 

CATHCART RECEIVES PARRIS AGRICULTURAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

 

        

CLEMSON, SC… Jacob C. Cathcart of Irmo, SC, a Clemson University junior majoring in Agricultural Education, is the recipient of the John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award for 2018. The award was presented to Jacob by his twin brother Austin, president of the Clemson Collegiate FFA Organization, at the recent annual awards and recognition banquet.    

          

Jacob has provided dynamic leadership promoting the mission of the Collegiate FFA Organization by planning and leading superb educational tours for its members and the Agricultural Education faculty and by conducting record-breaking fund-raising events for Agricultural Education scholarships.

         

An outstanding FFA member since high school, Jacob served as president of the Lexington-Richland School District Five FFA Chapter and competed in the national finals as a member of the State Championship FFA Livestock Evaluation Team, the State Championship FFA Agricultural Mechanics Team and the State Championship FFA Nursery-Landscape Team.  He has attended the National FFA Convention four times and was awarded the prestigious American FFA Degree in October 2018.

         

Jacob is employed by the Simpson Agricultural Research and Education Center at Clemson University during the school year and at the White Oak Conference Center during the summer. An active member of the Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Columbia, Jacob is the son of Christopher and Robin Cathcart of Irmo.

        

The John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award was established several years ago and named in honor of Mr. Parris of Columbia, SC, a nationally recognized leader in agriculture and natural resource conservation with 60 years of professional service. A recipient of the 600,000-member National FFA Organization’s VIP Award, Mr. Parris was the first South Carolinian named to the National Conservation Hall of Fame and is the only South Carolinian to be honored with the National Professional Conservationist Award.

 

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(BOISE) – Idaho’s newly announced 2019 Teacher of the Year offers a distinctive blend of credentials and characteristics that make him stand out: In addition to being a skilled and passionate high school teacher, he leads the state’s most honored FFA program and serves as mayor of American Falls.

 

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From The Link Newspaper, Cheraw, South Carolina.

 

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The Clemson University Agricultural Education program is proud of its Spring 2018 student teachers. As of May 1st, 10 of the 15 student teachers have already accepted teaching positions with school districts for the 2018-19 school year. Other candidates for graduation are negotiating teaching positions and one plans to enter a graduate school program.

 

The Clemson University Agricultural Education program recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and proudly boasts of the success of the class of 2018 by ushering the program into the next millennium serving American Agriculture.

 

Clemson Ag Ed faculty members are; Preston Byrd, Catherine DiBenedetto, Phil Fravel, and Dale Layfield.

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From MagicValley.com.

BURLEY, IDAHO — A high school teacher has developed an agricultural science program that gives mostly urban students a chance to mingle with nature.

Jaysa Fillmore started the program in 2014 at Cassia High after she was hired to fill a science position at the alternative school.

Most of her students, she said, live in town — in apartments or homes where gardening or raising animals is not possible.

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SOUTH CAROLINA AGRI-NEWS SERVICE

JOHN W. PARRIS, DIRECTOR

PO BOX 8312

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29202

scffa@bellsouth.net 803-315-2987

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 15, 2018

 

 

KEOWN PHOTO AT CAPITAL CITY CLUB 2018.jpgKEOWN IS OUTSTANDING YOUNG AGRICULTURAL ALUMNUS AT CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

          

COLUMBIA, SC…..Timothy R. Keown of Iva, SC, associate state director of agricultural education in South Carolina since 2014, has been named a recipient of the Outstanding Young Agricultural Alumnus Award by Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences and its National Agricultural Alumni Board of Directors.

         

Keown, a 2004 graduate of Clemson University with a BS degree in Agricultural Education, began teaching Agri-Science and serving as the FFA and Young Farmer advisor at Crescent High School in 2006. He earned a Master’s in Agricultural Education in 2009 and is currently completing the requirements for a PhD in Educational Leadership at Clemson University.

         

Recognized as the Outstanding Young Agricultural Educator in South Carolina, Keown has also been honored as the Outstanding Young Farmer Advisor in the state a number of times. He has been named one of ‘Twenty Under Forty’ Outstanding Young Leaders in the Up-state by the Anderson INDEPENDENT MAIL.

          

A nationally-known leader in Agricultural Education, Keown has served as a member of the board of directors of the National Young Farmer Association since 2015. A regular featured speaker at conferences of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, the National Association of Young Farmers and the National Association of Career and Technology Education, Keown planned and coordinated the National Conference of Young Farmers in Charleston, SC in 2015.

        

Keown is the son of the late James B. Keown and Mrs. Linda R. Keown, a resident of Iva, SC. He was nominated for the Outstanding Young Agricultural Alumnus Award by John W. Parris of Columbia, director of the SC Agri-News Service and a charter member of Clemson’s National Agricultural Alumni Board of Directors.

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Note to Editor:  For additional information contact Tim Keown at 864-940-0188 or John W. Parris at 803-315-2987

SOUTH CAROLINA AGRI-NEWS SERVICE

JOHN W. PARRIS, DIRECTOR

PO BOX 8312

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29202

scffa@bellsouth.net 803-315-2987

March 12, 2018

 

 

CATHCART IS PRESIDENT OF CLEMSON UNIVERSITY FFA ORGANIZATION

 

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COLUMBIA, SC……Austin D. Cathcart of Irmo, SC, a 2016 graduate of Spring Hill High School, is serving as president of the Collegiate FFA Organization at Clemson University for school year 2017-18, reports John W. Parris, director of the SC Agri-News Service. The Collegiate FFA Organization is made up of students majoring in Agricultural Education and others who were active in FFA in high school but are majoring in other agricultural fields at Clemson.

          

“The mission of the FFA is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success,” Mr. Parris said.

           

Austin and his twin brother, Jacob, who plan to be agricultural educators when they graduate from Clemson University in 2020, are direct descendants of the first Smith-Hughes Federally-funded agricultural educator in South Carolina one hundred years ago by the name of Thomas Cathcart. 

            

Active in the FFA in high school, Austin was a member of the 2014 State FFA Livestock Judging Team and competed in the national finals held at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. He took top honors in the 2015 State FFA Extemporaneous Speaking Finals and was recognized as a semi-finalist in the national competition. A delegate to the 2015 Commissioner’s School of Agriculture at Clemson University, Austin received the Thomas Dobbins Founder’s Award for his superb leadership as a delegate. A member of the 2016 State FFA Nursery-Landscape Team, he served as an official delegate to the National FFA Convention that year. He also served as president of the SC FFA Association in 2016-17.

          

An Eagle Scout and an active member of the Riverland Hills Baptist Church near Columbia, Austin is the son of Christopher and Robin Cathcart of Irmo, SC. He is employed by the LeMaster Dairy Center while at Clemson University and at the White Oak Conference Center in Fairfield County when he is home on break.

         

“Austin is at the top of the list of outstanding FFA members in the nation as evidenced by his successful participation in FFA activities at the state and national levels and by his dynamic leadership ability,” Mr. Parris added.

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DSC_0215-1100x733.jpgFrom the Post-Journal.

 

Thirteen years ago Scott Aikens embarked on his journey as a teacher at Clymer Central School the unconventional way. From dairy farmer to full-time teacher, Aikens took the long route to becoming an educator.

Before becoming a familiar face in the hallways and classrooms at Clymer, he attended Jamestown Community College and State University of New York at Fredonia. And before that, he was in the family business of dairy farming.

In his large classroom with a tech-shop and a greenhouse attached to it, Aikens sat down and reflected on his long journey from a dairy farmer.

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5a5d98a18e856.image.jpgFrom the Greensburg Daily News.

GREENSBURG – North Decatur High School (NDHS) proudly announced Wednesday that teacher Elizabeth Fry received a $1,000 grant to cover certification and training in the Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE) program.

This grant is part of the DuPont Pioneer sponsorship program.

“CASE is the most powerful tool available for the advancement of agricultural education and enhancement of student learning of agricultural science subject matter,” Fry said.

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From the Herald-Mail Media.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — During its regular board meeting on Jan. 22, the Jefferson County Board of Education recognized a student and several staff members who have made outstanding contributions to the county’s schools.

At the meeting, the BOE presented one student and eight staff members with certificates of honorable achievement.

Katlin Thorsell, an agriculture teacher and FFA adviser from Washington High, was recognized by the BOE for being named the 2018 West Virginia Teacher of the Year. Thorsell will represent Jefferson County as she travels the state, giving presentations to various schools and organizations, during her reign.

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