Clemson University irrigation specialist Jose Payero is installing weather stations and soil-moisture sensors at farms across South Carolina and developing the online platform that will allow farmers to use the collected data to conserve water and energy.
South Carolina food manufacturers can receive needed federal certifications by completing the Better Process Control School offered by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service this month. The course teaches canning and thermal processing methods to people who plan to produce and sell foods that would normally require temperature control.
The Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence, Clemson Online and the Cooperative Extension Service have opened registration for the fall Master Pond Manager course beginning Sept. 21. The course provides pond owners and managers with information and hands-on practice to improve recreational and stormwater pond function, while ensuring appropriate management practices are in place to protect downstream waterways.
The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and Carolina Clear have launched an initiative to help property owners install rain gardens to mitigate potential flood damage and help protect South Carolina water quality.
Clemson University has received a $595,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to nurture the next generation of farmers in South Carolina. The three-year grant will support Clemson Extension's S.C. New and Beginning Farmer Program.
Farmers getting their feet wet in agribusiness have access to comprehensive entrepreneurial education and business training through a public service program offered by Clemson University. The South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 statewide program that begins in October. The deadline to apply is Aug. 15.
Clemson University research shows that planting watermelons later in the season can limit the presence of Fusarium wilt, the main cause of watermelon collapse, wilt and dieback.
South Carolina farmers learned to maximize vegetable yields in the state's sandy Midlands soils at a workshop at Clemson University's Sandhill Research and Education Center, and some left with an old heirloom okra that grows larger and stays more tender than other varieties. The workshop is part of a growing agricultural research program at the Columbia farm.
The widow of Sen. Clementa Pinckney challenged a group of South Carolina 4-H students on campus to return home and strive to improve their communities as her late husband did. "Go back home and be the mentor, be the role model, and be the next Clementa C. Pinckney," Jennifer Pinckney said at the conclusion of the inaugural 4-H Clementa Pinckney Leadership Conference at Clemson University.
The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service along with the S.C. Department of Agriculture has scheduled numerous educational workshops throughout the state to help farmers apply for assistance under the S.C. Farm Aid Grant Program. The first workshop is Friday.
Deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Clemson University forestry students are hard at work. As they trek up Whiteside Mountain, they collect an array of plant and tree species while identifying topographical traits of the area. The students were participating in one of the many aspects of the Clemson Forestry Summer Camp, a seven-week program designed to give students hands-on experience in the field of forestry.
High school sophomores and juniors from across South Carolina will convene on the campus of Clemson University next week for a weeklong leadership conference named for the late Sen. Clementa Pinckney.
High tunnels installed in farm fields could extend the South Carolina growing season and boost production of specialty crops desired by high-end restaurants and other buyers. Clemson University Extension agent Zachary Snipes is testing the use of these tall hoop houses made of pipe and plastic to grow vegetables at Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has allowed for the temporary use of Transform WG to control sugarcane aphids in South Carolina sorghum fields. The South Carolina Department of Pesticide Regulation at Clemson University requested the EPA approval as the tiny, tan-colored pests attacked in droves last year after first being found in South Carolina in 2014.
Agricultural engineers at Clemson University have developed technology to tell farmers exactly where to apply fertilizers to their hay fields and how much to use to maximize profits.