Barnwell 4-H alumna builds mobile mixing station

Amanda Hiott, a Barnwell County 4-H alumna, is currently employed at Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville, as a Weed Science Research Technician.
In her current position, she develops and manages research for 20 commercial crops and turf. She designed and fabricated a mobile mixing station for use at the center. Her 6x16 foot dual axle trailer is used as a portable chemical building which allows applicators to rinse spray cans and mix chemicals in the field safely.
To save time in the field by cutting out travel from the field to the chemical building, Amanda designed and built the trailer which holds a 500-gallon clean water tank and two 50-gallon catch tanks for rinse water. She used her welding skills gained while taking undergraduate agriculture classes at Clemson University. Her trailer represented Clemson University's Edisto Research and Education Center Weed Science Program at the 2012 Sunbelt Ag Expo held in Moultrie, Ga. in October.
"4-H gave me the foundation to lead, teach and present. Through presentations, I learned how to be myself and how to be professional," stated Amanda when asked how 4-H influenced her. Amanda's 4-H projects included beef, goat, child development and leadership. Amanda served as secretary of the Lowcountry Livestock Club at age 12 and after moving to Barnwell County she organized and served as President of Barnwell Livestock Club from 2004-2006. Her sophomore year in high school, she enrolled in Agriculture Education Classes and took on leadership in FFA. As a senior 4-H member, Amanda served as Board of Directors, Historian and President of S.C. State 4-H Council.
Amanda Hiott served as both President of State 4-H Council (2005-2006) and as President of South Carolina Future Farmers of America (2006-2007), two of the state's highest youth ambassador to agriculture positions, and the only person in the state who served as President of both organizations simultaneously. Amanda, a 2010 graduate of Clemson University in Agricultural Education with a minor in Animal Science, is in the process of applying as a graduate candidate in Plant and Environmental Science with an emphasis in Agricultural Mechanization at Clemson University.
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