With a stroke of a pen on December 8, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster created the Governor’s School for Agriculture at John De La Howe in McCormick, South Carolina
The school – the first of its kind in the United States – is a residential public high school that offers an agricultural education program to students in grades 10-12.
“The creation of the Governor’s School for Agriculture will go a long way in shaping the future of South Carolina’s superior agricultural industry,” said McMaster. “This investment will not only facilitate unprecedented opportunities for our youth, but will provide one of our state’s most important industries with a highly skilled workforce for generations to come.”
The school is located on 1,310 acres of forest and farmland, allowing students to receive hands-on training in agro-industry, forestry, equipment operation, farm management. land, food science and more. The school’s mission is to provide quality agricultural education that will enable its students to be the future leaders of the state in the fields of agribusiness, business and education.
“As a home learning lab, John De La Howe’s Governor’s School for Agriculture will foster student engagement in agriculture, securing a strong future for agribusiness in our state,” said the Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers. “Agribusiness is South Carolina’s # 1 industry, with an annual economic impact of $ 46.2 million. I’m excited to see how the youth of John De La Howe can help move South Carolina forward.
The Governor’s School for Agriculture is South Carolina’s third Governor’s School, joining the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.
“By passing this law and establishing South Carolina’s Third Governor’s School, we sent a message to our children that it is never too late to be what you could have been and that it is. never too early to start, ”said Senator Gerald Malloy, Bill’s sponsor leader. “The seeds that will be planted from this school are the seeds that you will later see as leaders here in our great state. “
Bill also creates a development office for the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, located in Hartsville, SC. The development office will raise funds for an endowment fund.