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Stories by Tom Hallman

  • Certified pesticide applicator decal

    Pesticide certification renewal deadline and testing postponed due to COVID-19

    April 1, 2020

    In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Pesticide Regulation, a state regulatory agency that is part of Clemson University Public Service and Agriculture, has postponed indefinitely the certification renewal deadline and issued new guidelines for testing, certification and licensure of commercial, non-commercial or private applicators of regulated pesticides.

  • Matt Hersom

    Working with cattle is just one side of new Clemson Farms director

    March 30, 2020

    Matt Hersom joins Clemson University as the new director of campus farms, which encompass research, teaching and Extension Service programs in virtually every facet of agriculture. Hersom will oversee the campus research farms located on and around Clemson’s main campus, which support the three-fold mission of  teaching, research and Extension in Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.

  • Angus bull

    Record-setting auction spotlights the value of cattle genetics

    February 17, 2020

    CLEMSON — It’s hard to put a price tag on the value of top-quality genes in the beef cattle business, but a $22,000 yearling bull makes a pretty good statement. That was the record price drawn for a bull auctioned at the Clemson University Bull Test auction Feb. 1, the culmination of a months-long evaluation […]

  • Meg Williamson

    Clemson draws USDA praise for organic certification

    February 17, 2020

    The regulatory arm of Clemson University has been recognized by the USDA National Organic Program as among the nation’s best organic certification programs. Certification seeks to verify that organic regulations are followed from the growing environment to the sale of an organic product.

  • dog bath

    First responders train to help the helpless in a radiological emergency

    January 27, 2020

    Emergency responders must plan for events they hope will never happen. Fast and knowledgeable treatment is the mission of first responders like hazardous materials teams, fire fighters, rescue and medical personnel — including veterinarians.

  • Huanglongbing, or citrus greening, is spread by the Asian citrus psyllid, a winged insect no longer than a grain of rice.

    Don’t move ornamental citrus plants across state lines

    December 19, 2019

    The state of Georgia on Jan. 1, 2020 will adopt new regulations that make it illegal to import any citrus plant without a permit. “This doesn’t affect citrus fruit, but it is an issue for South Carolina nurseries or citizens who buy citrus plants as ornamentals if they carry them across the state line,” said Steven Long, who leads the plant protection division of the Department of Plant Industry (DPI), a state regulatory unit housed at Clemson University.

  • Cotton

    State cotton farmers to gather for boll weevil meeting

    December 4, 2019

    South Carolina cotton farmers will gather at Clemson’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence County on Tuesday, Dec. 17 for updates on the Boll Weevil Eradication Program.

  • pesticide bottles

    Clemson regulator heads up multistate effort to tackle illegal pesticide sales

    September 25, 2019

    Mike Weyman, deputy director of Clemson University’s Regulatory Services unit, will head a new task force of industry and government leaders to help combat illegal online sales of pesticides and the deaths they can cause.

  • Photo of crapemyrtle bark scale

    Invasive pest of crapemyrtle found in South Carolina

    September 24, 2019

    An invasive insect pest of the widely used ornamental plant crapemyrtle has been found for the first time in South Carolina. Crapemyrtle Bark Scale has been positively identified in locations throughout metro Columbia, said Steven Long, who leads the plant protection division of the Department of Plant Industry (DPI), a regulatory unit housed at Clemson University.

  • Photo of crops growing at Simpson REC

    Agriculture research in the Upstate to be on display at Simpson REC field day

    September 17, 2019

    Clemson University’s Simpson Research and Education Center (Simpson REC) will hold an Agronomy and Beef Cattle Field Day on Sept. 19 with tours and updates on crop and livestock research that ranges from high-tech breakthroughs to everyday issues.

  • 4H leadership class

    State 4-H Congress is a family affair

    September 10, 2019

    South Carolina 4-H’ers make their annual State Congress a family affair — all the way up to Rep. Frank Lever, whose bill creating the Cooperative Extension Service created 4-H clubs in 1914.

  • Gold and blue corduroy jackets, an FFA trademark for generations, gather for a patriotic start to the annual state convention.

    FFA tradition helps build the future of agriculture

    September 9, 2019

    At a South Carolina FFA convention, it’s easy to see what’s etched into the character of FFA members, even if it’s not stitched with gold thread into the blue corduroy fabric of their well-known jackets.

  • Evacuation sign

    Animals need a helping hand to avoid Hurricane Dorian

    September 2, 2019

    COLUMBIA — You can evacuate the hurricane if need be. Your four-legged friends need help with the decision. “Many animal owners are hesitant to evacuate unless they know their animals will be safe. But staying behind can put families in harm’s way, and leaving pets behind can hamper the efforts of first responders entering the […]

  • First 2019 Equine Encephalitis case confirmed in S.C.

    July 23, 2019

    South Carolina’s state veterinarian announced Monday that the state’s first case this year of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Boyd Parr, South Carolina state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health, called it “a clarion call for vaccinations against diseases like EEE and West Nile Virus.”

  • Photo of a hemp crop

    South Carolina regulators approve pesticides for hemp production

    July 3, 2019

    The South Carolina Department of Pesticide Regulation has approved a list of pesticides for use on hemp crops, removing a hurdle farmers have faced since the crop was cleared for production in the state earlier this year.