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UGA agriculture students will serve in Washington D.C. this summer By Merritt Melancon

This summer, six University of Georgia students will learn the inner-workings of our nation's capital as they serve as UGA Congressional Agricultural Fellows in Washington, D.C.

The offices of Georgia Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson and Representatives Sanford Bishop, Jack Kingston, and Austin Scott and Doug Collins will welcome the students for a 12-week stint in the nation’s capital.

Once in Washington all the students, who all attend UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, will prepare briefs, attend agricultural committee hearings and conduct agricultural-related research. The Ag Fellows have the option of earning internship course credit towards graduation.

“Ag Fellows typically work the entire summer and serve more like apprentice staff members,” said Josef Broder, CAES Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the fellowship program’s coordinator. “Some may be asked to serve as mentors to other student interns.”

Students representing UGA as 2014 Congressional Agricultural Fellows include Tess Hammock of Forsyth, Ga.; Sarah K Brown of Statesboro, Ga.; Mary Cromley of Brooklet, Ga.; Sarah Carnes of Woodstock, Ga.; Michael L. Thompson, of Toccoa, Ga. and J. Thomas Golden of Swainsboro, Ga.

Hammock, a sophomore studying agricultural communications, will work in Rep. Austin Scott’s office. Hammock was home-schooled and is the daughter of Randall and Kathy Hammock.

Brown, a senior studying agricultural and applied economics, will work in Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ office. A 2010 graduate of Bulloch Academy High School, she is the daughter of David and Susan Brown.

Cromley, a junior studying agricultural and applied economics, will work in Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office. A 2011 graduate of Southeast Bulloch High School, she is the daughter of Lee and Ann Cromley.

Carnes, a sophomore studying environmental economics and management, will work in Rep. Sanford Bishop’s office. A 2012 graduate of Sequoyah High School, she is the daughter of Brian and Pam Carnes.

Thompson, a sophomore studying agricultural and applied economics, will work in Rep. Doug Collins's office. Thompson, a 2012 graduate of Habersham Central High School, he is the son of Lee Thompson and Bryon and Karen Duke.

Golden, a junior studying agribusiness and agricultural and applied economics, will work in Rep. Jack Kingston's office. A 2011 graduate of Swainsboro High School, he is the son of Barry and Toney Golden.

The Congressional Agricultural Fellowship is made available through UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Deans’ Promise. A collection of enrichment opportunities ranging from internships to study abroad opportunities, the Deans’ Promise program aims to encourage CAES students to take advantage of the unique beyond-the-classroom enrichment opportunities available through the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

For more information on the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Deans’ Promise or other opportunities available to UGA students, visitwww.caes.uga.edu.

(Merritt Melancon is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

2014 Congressional Ag Interns
2014 Congressional Ag Interns

UGA CAES students, from left; back, J. Thomas Golden, Michael Thompson, Sarah Brown, Tess Hammock and, front, Sarah Carnes and Mary Cromley will serve as UGA's Congressional Agriculture Fellows this summer. Once in Washington D.C., the students will attend agricultural committee hearings and conduct agricultural-related research, all while earning credit hours towards graduation.

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UGA CAES students, from left; back, J. Thomas Golden, Michael Thompson, Sarah Brown, Tess Hammock and, front, Sarah Carnes and Mary Cromley will serve as UGA's Congressional Agriculture Fellows this summer. Once in Washington D.C., the students will attend agricultural committee hearings and conduct agricultural-related research, all while earning credit hours towards graduation. Download Image
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