ACCRA, GHANA. With his work boots on, University of Illinois Alum, Clayton Carley, walks out to the farm in Ghana. For the past 11 months, Clayton Carley has been living and working for AgriCorps in Koforidua, Ghana.
Clayton has worked as the AgriCorps Liaison to 4-H Ghana. Clayton took the reins on developing the 4-H National Leadership, Education, Agriculture, and Development (LEAD) Contests. The LEAD Contests involve public speaking, debate, and parliamentary procedure competitions.
"I've seen the change and impact you can make when you take the time to truly understand each other. You quickly discover what differences can be made when you work together,” says Carley. "I have discovered a strong desire to continue working with international agriculture which is why I chose to pursue my doctorate degree when I return to the US." In August, Clayton will start his doctorate program in Plant Genetics and Genomics at Iowa State University.
AgriCorps, a US-based non-profit, sends young, American agriculture professionals into developing countries to share the agricultural education models of 4-H and the Future Farmers of America that transformed American agriculture over the past century. Texas rancher and AgriCorps Founder, Trent McKnight, said, “AgriCorps Fellows shift perceptions of agriculture in young people by teaching them how to make money through farming.”
Clayton grew up in Crescent City, Illinois where he was involved in FFA. Clayton attended the University of Illinois where he received a double major in Plant Biotechnology and Agricultural Education.
AgriCorps is a Peace Corps type organization that connects young, American agriculture professionals to the demand for experiential, school-based agricultural education in developing countries. AgriCorps is based in Throckmorton, Texas. For more information on AgriCorps, visit www.agricorps.org.
News release provided by AgriCorps, Inc.