Two Warner Robins High School seniors spent time this past summer expanding their horizons as they learned more about agriculture.
Asha Stegall and Dillon Jones both attended Agricultural Discovery Programs. Asha attended one held at Tuskegee University while Dillon attended the one at Fort Valley State University.
According to school officials at Warner Robins High School, the two week programs are for students in ninth through 12th grades interested in an agricultural career.
Asha stayed on campus at Tuskegee while Dillon traveled back and forth to Fort Valley every day.
We learned about fields in agriculture from forestry to animal science, said Asha. Ag is in everything you do.
Asha said he and other students went on a field trip to the airport in Mobile, Ala., so that students could see firsthand that agriculture plays a role in everything.
While at the airport, they watched inspections of cargo leaving and entering the country.
Asha also traveled to New Orleans for a field trip, where the group learned about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on agriculture.
For Asha, the two-week experience was a validation of her future career plans.
I have always known that I want to be a veterinarian, Asha said. But this was the icing on the cake.
After performing hands-on experiments and working with goats during the program, Asha is still considering a large animal practice.
But only if they are farm animals, she said. No lions, or tigers or bears.
At the Fort Valley State Ag Discovery program, Dillon dealt a lot with dogs and goats and helped to test animals for parasites at the FVSU farm.
Dillon, inspired by his first dog, is also considering a career as a vet, .
As soon as we got him, when I was 4 years old, I just thought everything was so interesting like how he reacted when we fed him or bathed him, Dillon said.
A dog also inspired Asha, who lived in Tuskegee when she was younger.
Her dog used to run away a lot, and Asha said she always knew where to find him.
He would go straight to the vet hospital at Tuskegee where the other dogs were. They would let me look around and give me tours. I knew then that I wanted to be a veterinarian.
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