Ag Academy Senior Plans to Become a Forester

Hunter Weaver is a senior at Gouverneur High School who enrolled at BOCES’ Agricultural Studies Academy to learn about agriculture and get hands on experiences.“My favorite part has been the hands on experiences, from butchering chickens to tapping trees” said Weaver.“I also learned a lot about producing maple syrup.In order to have a healthy sugar bush you need to make sure you are thinning trees and testing the soil” added Weaver.

When asked what he would say to a student who is thinking about enrolling in the Ag Studies Academy, Weaver said “If you really like agriculture and hope to go into an agriculture-related career, this spot is for you.”Weaver explained the Ag Academy has been a fun place where he’s gained a lot of knowledge and experiences.As for plans after graduation this spring, Weaver said he’s been accepted to Tompkins Cortland Community College where he will pursue a two-year degree in Construction and Environmental Technology.Afterward, Weaver hopes to transfer to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to become a forester.

The Agricultural Studies Academy at Cooperative Extension’s Learning Farm in Canton offers a one-year program to high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in agriculture or agribusiness.The program offers an integrated curriculum that emphasizes: business management, plant and crop science, ag mechanics, animal and veterinary science, food production and processing, computer applications, and environmental stewardship.In addition to receiving classroom instruction, the Academy’s location at the Learning Farm gives students the opportunity to receive hands-on field experience in livestock production and management, poultry production, hay production, rotational grazing, managing a sugar bush, as well as seasonal vegetable and fruit production.

Enrollment in the Ag Academy will be open through the month of April.To enroll, high school students graduating in 2018 must be in good academic standing and have completed their Regents requirements.Students interested in enrolling in the program can initiate the process by contacting their school counselor.Students and parents who would like to learn more about the Ag Academy, or would like to schedule a visit can contact Patty Gilbert at: (315) 379-9192 or email


Betsy Hodge
Livestock Resource Educator
315-379-9192 x227

Last updated April 13, 2017