CLEMSON — Agriculture has always been an important part of Clemson University. In fact, the university began as Clemson Agricultural College when it opened its doors in 1893.

Go on a virtual ag tour with Clemson by following along through the Public Service and Agriculture's social network sites Sept. 26-29. Images, videos and text will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram. To follow the tour, use #ClemsonAgTour. Information also will be available at online.

Go on a virtual ag tour with Clemson by following the Public Service and Agriculture’s social network sites Sept. 26-29. Images, videos and text will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram. To follow the tour, use #ClemsonAgTour. Information also will be available online.
Image Credit: Walker Massey / Clemson University

To help keep the agricultural tradition strong, Clemson Public Service and Agriculture (PSA), is hosting a PSA Riding Tour to show off its Research and Education Centers (RECs), as well as the Clemson University Restoration Institute and other agricultural operations throughout South Carolina. The tour highlights agricultural research being conducted by Clemson researchers and staff.

Participants will learn about technologies used for agriculture, such as flying drones, tractors guided by Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and irrigation systems that apply pesticides and fertilizers as well as supply water for crops. They also will learn about a high-tech sensor lab where sensor technologies are being developed to monitor the health of South Carolina farms.

The public is invited to follow along through the PSA’s social network sites Sept. 26-29. Images, videos and text will be posted on Facebook @ClemsonExt, Twitter @PSAMarketing and @CUESNews, and on Instagram @clemson_extension. To follow the tour, use #ClemsonAgTour. Information also will be available at www.clemson.edu/public/tour.

Stops for the Riding Tour include Sandhill REC in Columbia, Pee Dee REC in Florence and Darlington, Belle W. Baruch Institute of  Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown, as well as the Coastal REC in Charleston and the Edisto REC in Blackville. The other RECs, not on the tour, are the Simspon REC, which consists of research farms located on and around the Clemson University main campus, and the Archbold Tropical REC located in the Commonwealth of Dominica in the West Indies.

In addition to the RECs, the group also will tour the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston and the Clemson Livestock Poultry Health in Columbia.

Agricultural operations on the tour include McCall Farms Cannery in Effingham, Cypress Bay Plantation in Varnville, Birdsong Peanuts in Fairfax and Titan Farms in Ridge Spring.

The PSA State Tour began about 15 years ago as an annual event. It was discontinued because of a lack of funding. The last tour was held in May 2012. The tour was scheduled to make a comeback in 2015 but was canceled after flooding occurred in the lower part of the state.

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