Clemson Public Service and Agriculture is collaborating with state and federal agencies to plan for an unlikely yet potentially catastrophic event – the widespread release of radiation from a nuclear plant.
Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, delivered a taste of what is to come when he gave a seminar at Clemson University June 10.
During late April and early May, Clemson Senior Extension agent Mark Arena spent about two weeks in a mountainous region of Guatemala training and assisting farmers who grow peaches, apples and plums.
Harleston Towles’ 2.5-acre organic vegetable farm on Johns Island may be small, but he says it is cutting edge thanks to lessons learned from Clemson University’s Coastal Research and Education Center. Towles is one of few growers in the state or the nation planting rice 10 inches apart (rather than right next to each other) […]
A pasture is much more than grass. It’s a complex ecosystem of living organisms vital to soil, forage and animal health. Pastures often aren’t treated as such, however. They’re overgrazed, over-tilled and overworked, leading to nutrient loss in soil, water runoff, poor forage yields and inadequate weight gain in cattle. Clemson Extension is teaching cattle farmers to reap the many benefits of proper rotational grazing methods.
The agriculture sector is a hot one for careers with a new federal report showing a gap between the number of agricultural jobs created annually and the number of graduates in related fields. The Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences is working to fill the gap as enrollment has grown 50 percent in the past decade.
Clemson University Extension received a grant to launch a rural entrepreneurship program in Abbeville, McCormick and southern Anderson counties. The pilot program could be replicated across the state, providing businesses and prospective entrepreneurs with education, mentorship and consultation to ensure their ventures are successful. Additionally, Extension will work with communities to explore the creation of farmers markets or community kitchens where growers can package fresh produce, among other projects.
Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), will visit Clemson University June 10.
With the return of the mosquito-borne disease season, Boyd Parr, S.C. state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health, urges horse owners to maintain current vaccinations for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), West Nile virus and rabies for their horses.
When it comes to pecans, growers face a slew of questions – and the more answers they ace, the higher their odds will become of harvesting a bumper crop.
Clemson University is playing a lead role in a months-long effort to reintroduce an ancient breed of sugarcane to Sapelo Island, where the first successful commercial production of the towering grass took place in the United States.
Clemson University fruit specialist Guido Schnabel earned national recognition for helping fruit growers across the East Coast manage disease.
A Chicago native with no prior agricultural experience, Sandra Kay Eubanks is now owner of a growing agribusiness and a proactive member of the South Carolina farming community. She credits part of her success with the knowledge gained and connections made through Annie’s Project, a four-day educational retreat for women in agriculture. Clemson Extension is bringing the program to South Carolina for the fourth year June 11-14 in Hartsville. Space is limited and registration is due by May 15. To register, visit Clemson.edu/scwagn.
A fruit specialist who linked growing strawberries and peaches to the digital age has earned Clemson University’s highest agricultural honor. Guido Schnabel, professor of agricultural and environmental sciences, is the 2015 recipient of the Godley-Snell Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research.
Stephen Kresovich, Coker Chair of Genetics and director of Clemson’s Institute of Translational Genomics, has been elected to the board of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation. The foundation serves to advance the sustainable restoration and preservation of Carolina Gold Rice and other heirloom grains, as well as to raise public awareness of historic ricelands and heirloom agriculture.