Monday, June 8, 2009

Flashbacks of Governor's School for Agriculture

Last week, Tennessee Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences 2009 class stopped by the Department of Ag. This was very exciting for me, because I was a councilor for the first TGSAS in the summer of 2004. When the students got of the bus for their tour of the Department, all I could do was smile and think of the fun times I had five years ago. Never did I imagine that some of the students I was a councilor for would end up being some of best friends and sorority sisters.
2004 TGSAS Class when I was a councilor

TGSAS is held at the University of Tennessee at Martin for four weeks during the summer. Thirty-two of the state’s top agricultural students get hands on experience of the diversity of agriculture. Through this educational experience they earn college credit and get to travel across the state and out of state to learn about agriculture.
Tom Womack talks to TGSAS about the history
of Ellington Agriculture Center

After the students got off the bus they were welcomed by Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture, Terry Oliver and Public Affairs for Agriculture, Tom Womack. They got an overview of the different departments that make up TDA and the history of Ellington Agriculture Center. The students got a chance to tour the Moss Building (a beautiful plantation house, where the Commissioner of Agriculture’s office is located) and the Agriculture Museum. While they were touring I got a chance to catch up with some of the councilors and to hear the latest about UTM.

TGSAS pose for a picture at the Tennessee Dept. Ag

TGSAS is a great program and it is an honor to be selected to participate. The educational benefit of this program is amazing. If you want to find out more about TGSAS or know someone who would like to apply for next year go to

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