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  • Extension’s Foster receives prestigious public servant award

    March 6, 2015

    Cathy Reas Foster, Clemson Extension’s natural resources agent for Pickens County, has been named Public Servant of the Year by Upstate Forever.

  • A mound of debris straddles the bank of Turkey Creek in Sumter.

    Sumter waterway in need of helping hands

    March 5, 2015

    People who purposely toss a piece of garbage into a lake, river or stream know they’re polluting the water. But what they might not know is that throwing that same piece of garbage half a mile from the water’s edge can also be harmful.

  • Alex Feltus is an associate professor of genetics and biochemistry at Clemson University.

    Clemson researchers untangling the complex inner workings of plants

    March 4, 2015

    Talk about an enormous appetite. Earth is strained – some think nearly to the breaking point – by 7.3 billion people. How do we feed them all? How do we keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter? How do we maintain livable environments? And eventually, how do we avoid a frightening outcome straight out of a science fiction novel?

  • Cover crops can add new life to S.C. soils

    February 23, 2015

    “It’s alive!” Though in this case, we’re not talking about the Frankenstein monster. We’re talking about soil.

  • Harmless fly gaining fame among fans of sustainability

    February 18, 2015

    There’s a lot of waste in the world — literally and figuratively — but thanks to a harmless little fly, some of this waste is being recycled and turned into a slew of beneficial products.

  • Small-scale farmers are finding that assistance is increasingly available from a support system that is continuing to develop.

    Small-scale farmers finding that help is on the way

    February 17, 2015

    For small-scale farmers, hard work and long hours come with the territory — and that doesn’t even include their “day jobs,” without which many could not support themselves and their families.

  • Project uses compost to generate free heat for organic farm

    February 12, 2015

    Clemson University researchers and educators are finding ways to turn up the heat without turning on a heater. And it’s free — via nature. Shawn Jadrnicek, farm manager for the university’s Student Organic Farm, is combining food waste from Clemson’s cafeterias and wood mulch from local producers to heat water to warm the farm’s greenhouses and for a variety of other purposes.

  • In this video screen grab, "Making It Grow" host Amanda McNulty, right, interviews ArtFields director Karen Fowler.

    ‘Making It Grow’ Lake City segment wins Telly Award

    February 11, 2015

    An episode of “Making It Grow,” the live, interactive show hosted by Clemson Extension agent Amanda McNulty and produced by SCETV and Clemson University, has won a Telly Award for a 2014 segment filmed in Lake City with ArtFields director Karen Fowler.

  • At $41.7 billion, agribusiness remains SC’s No. 1 industry

    February 10, 2015

    The largest industry in South Carolina has cast aside the withering effects of the Great Recession and continued to flourish at an impressive rate, according to a 2015 report cited Tuesday in the State House by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

  • Jason Williams of the iPlant Collaborative speaks at a recent two-day workshop at Clemson University.

    iPlant Collaborative helps researchers ask ‘bigger questions’

    February 9, 2015

    It can be difficult to comprehend just how quickly science is advancing in the 21st century, so it stands to reason that scientists are looking for better ways to make sense —and keep track of — it all.

  • The finishing touches are still being made to a new set for "Making It Grow," the popular SCETV show on horticulture. The set will debut Feb. 10.

    ‘Making it Grow’ on SCETV to debut flashy new set

    February 4, 2015

    Starting Feb. 10, “Making It Grow” will unveil a brand-new set, replacing the “country store” scenery used for more than a decade.

    But longtime fans of the popular television program on horticulture need not fret. The live, interactive show, produced by SCETV and Clemson University, will continue to stick to its roots — educating and entertaining a South Carolina audience that has grown to include viewers from Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.

  • Denver Downs Farm in Sandy Springs offers fun for all ages.

    Agritourism is growing in more ways than one

    January 27, 2015

    The largest industry in South Carolina is agriculture, followed by tourism. So combining the two makes sense — and cents.

  • Thousands attended the SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo on Jan. 14-15 at the Florence (S.C.) Civic Center.

    AgriBiz & Farm Expo spreads the word on equipment and innovation

    January 21, 2015

    Though skies were gloomy and the air icy and damp, the mood was cheerful and filled with warmth at last week’s SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo at the Florence Civic Center.

  • S.C. Ag Commissioner foresees a future brimming with promise

    January 21, 2015

    If Albert Einstein could feel a bit lost, then anyone can. So when South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers began a keynote speech with a humorous anecdote about the legendary genius fretting over a missing train ticket, Weathers was doing more than just getting a laugh. The commissioner was making a larger point: agriculture in South Carolina had better not lose its way in the future.