COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Public Service and Agriculture

  • Scenic view of waterways around Edisto Island.

    Clemson seeks community input into cleanup plan for Edisto waterways

    August 10, 2020

    Clemson’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation and Clemson Extension are working with local and state agencies to create a community-driven watershed plan for the area — a first step toward reducing pollution and improving water quality for the Edisto community.

  • Volunteers, youth honored at S.C. 4-H State Congress

    August 10, 2020

    Lynn Howard of Florence County and Kesha Horton of Chester and Lancaster counties were honored last month during 4-H State Congress with the 2020 Glen Krohn Award for Volunteerism in 4-H, which recognizes outstanding volunteer leadership in 4-H and bears the name of the former assistant director who was well known as a strong believer in volunteers throughout his career.

  • Chinese seed mailing

    Clemson sets up online reporting site for Chinese seeds

    August 3, 2020

    Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry (DPI) to create an online reporting site for South Carolinians who have received unsolicited packages of seeds mailed to them

  • Diamondback moth larvae, or caterpillars, are about ½ inch long and are light green. They feed primarily on the undersides of the leaves.

    Clemson Extension experts advise growers to plan attack against diamondback moth caterpillars

    July 30, 2020

    Clemson Extension commercial horticulture agent Justin Ballew is leading a study to determine the best insecticides to use to fight the diamondback moth.

  • Mysterious seed mailings

    Caution urged after mystery seed mailings

    July 27, 2020

    The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University’s Regulatory Services division are working together to investigate after state residents reported receiving packages of seeds they did not order. Similar reports have been made to agriculture officials across the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is collecting reports and coordinating a national investigation.

  • Tipton snorkels in Jobos Bay

    Distance from campus no obstacle for Clemson Ph.D. student to earning NOAA fellowship

    July 27, 2020

    While her time spent on the university’s campus has been brief, the way Jessica Tipton has used connections within the Clemson family to achieve her educational goals are a shining example of the opportunities that abound for Clemson students beyond the northwest corner of South Carolina.

  • Promotional graphic for "Journey to Mars" program

    4-H launches computational skills program in conjunction with Mars 2020 mission

    July 27, 2020

    With NASA set to launch its latest robotic mission to the Red Planet, South Carolina 4-H Youth Development is giving young people a chance to take their own “Journey to Mars” through a program aimed at enhancing computational thinking skills and promoting computer science literacy.

  • The South Carolina Botanical Garden will hold its 2018 Spring Plant Sale this April.

    Escape to nature with S.C. Botanical Garden activities

    July 27, 2020

    While COVID-19 may have halted in-person activities at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, families can still use information from the Garden as a resource to stay in touch with nature. The South Carolina Botanical Garden has created activities for youth to learn about nature without leaving the safety of home. The Garden staff has created an array of online activities that can be done from the safety of people’s homes. Activities for Families at Home or in the Garden teach about bats, bugs, trees and more.

  • Clemson irrigation expert says crops face critical water needs

    July 22, 2020

    BLACKVILLE – Growing season is in full swing and farmers must pay close attention to the water needs of several crops at this stage, says a Clemson University specialist. Michael Plumblee, Clemson Extension precision agriculture specialist who also is an Agronomic Crops Team and Water Resources Team member housed at the Edisto Research and Education Center […]

  • SARS-CoV-2 virus

    S.C. dog confirmed with SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19

    July 16, 2020

    A Charleston County dog has been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. Boyd Parr, state veterinarian and director of Clemson Livestock Poultry Health (LPH), said a private veterinarian chose to test the dog – an 8- or 9-year-old shepherd mix hospitalized for a chronic health condition – for SARS-CoV-2 after one of its owners was confirmed to have COVID-19.

  • horse channel

    Equine Encephalitis case confirmed in Marion County

    July 10, 2020

    An unvaccinated horse in Marion County, S.C., has died after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the first such case in the state in 2020. Clemson University livestock health officials warn that vaccinating horses and controlling mosquitos are the only defenses against deadly viruses like EEE and West Nile.

  • Screenshot of virtual leadership workshop.

    4-H program helps keep Pinckney’s legacy of leadership alive

    July 8, 2020

    The S.C. 4-H Pinckney Leadership Conference hosted its first virtual Leadership Roundup last month and will hold another session of workshops July 14-16, aimed at providing a platform for students nationwide to gather and learn how they could continue to lead amidst the current challenges the country faces.

  • The Clemson Cooperative Extension Service Agribusiness Team has a website with information to help the state's agribusiness industry navigate business challenges associated with COVID-19.

    Clemson Extension agribusiness team offers COVID-19 resources for farmers

    June 29, 2020

    COLUMBIA – As many will agree, COVID-19 has created enough stress on its own. The Clemson Cooperative Extension Service’s Agribusiness Team is trying to reduce some of that stress for South Carolina farmers by offering unbiased, research-based information. The team has created a website of information designed to help those in the agribusiness industry navigate […]

  • Clemson researchers create connections across counties, organizations to aid food insecure families, reduce obesity in the Pee Dee

    June 29, 2020

    Clemson researchers have used grant funds from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to combat obesity in South Carolina since 2018, and work continues to yield positive results despite obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, researchers and health extension agents behind the CDC High-Obesity Program have linked the outreach work of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Bishopville, which connects 25 local churches to aid over 500 families in and around Lee County, with Foodshare SC, a nonprofit organization based in Richland County that provides affordable, fresh food boxes across the state. This collaboration has translated to thousands of pounds of fresh food reaching the tables of food insecure families across the Pee Dee.

  • Clemson Extension to offer training, certification for landscape pros

    June 19, 2020

    Clemson Cooperative Extension has announced registration is open for the South Carolina Certified Landscape Professional program, an online, self-paced certification program that provides high-level horticultural education and training to industry professionals and operators.