State Agriculture Commissioner Announces Intern

State Agriculture Commissioner Announces Intern Austin Akins from Statesboro, Ga., for Spring 2013 Semester


Ogeechee Technical College Agribusiness student, Austin Akins (second from left), discusses his upcoming internship at the Georgia Department of Agriculture, with (from left) Bill Worthington, Agribusiness Instructor at Ogeechee Tech; State Representative, Jan Tankersley; and Ogeechee Tech President, Dr. Dawn Cartee.

Georgia State Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black today announced that Austin Akins of Statesboro will be participating in the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) internship program for the Spring 2013 semester beginning in January.

“Since I became the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, one of my goals has been to grow and expand the Department’s internship program, which continues to happen with each passing semester and summer,” Commissioner Black said. “There is no greater way to illustrate the importance of agriculture to our youth than by having them work directly with us at the Department, learning about what we do while mentoring under our directors and program managers. We look forward to welcoming one of Georgia’s best and brightest students to our office this spring.”

Akins, an Agribusiness major at Ogeechee Technical College, will be interning at the GDA headquarters in Atlanta, rotating through each of the Department’s primary divisions throughout the coming spring semester. By working under directors in the Animal Industry, Food Safety, Fuel and Measures, Marketing and Plant Industry, Akins will garner a greater understanding of the state’s No. 1 industry while learning about the operational and regulatory oversights that fall under the Department’s purview.  State Representative Jan Tankersley facilitated the internship appointment, and said, “Austin is a great young man, and I know that the internship at the Department of Agriculture will not only benefit him, but will offer insight to the GDA into what today’s students face as they seek to enter agriculture-related professions.”

Ogeechee Technical College has the only Agribusiness program within the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).  “While we are unique within TCSG in offering Agribusiness, it is only logical that we should do so.  Agriculture is still a driving force in the State’s economy, and we feel it is important to offer our students the opportunity to enter the industry with a strong foundation of education.  This internship will offer Austin great experience!” stated Ogeechee Tech President, Dr. Dawn Cartee.  “Representative Tankersley is a great advocate for our College, for agriculture, and for our local citizens, it is not surprising that she would work hard to assist Austin with this opportunity.”  

The GDA internship program operates on a rotating basis during the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as summer opportunities. To learn more, please visit For information on Agribusiness, or any program at Ogeechee Technical College, visit

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