MONCKS CORNER — The Berkeley County Cooperative Extension Service has opened a new office after its former location was left underwater by last fall’s historic flood.

While Clemson University Extension agents continued to work with the community and assist farmers and others recovering from the flood, the local office was not open for gardeners and others to drop off soil samples for nutrient testing or plants for disease and pest diagnosis.

The new office is located in the Berkeley County Administration Building at 1003 U.S. 52, Moncks Corner.

The new office is located in the Berkeley County Administration Building at 1003 U.S. 52, Moncks Corner.

The new office is located in the Berkeley County Administration Building at 1003 U.S. 52, Moncks Corner.

“This office is centrally located and very convenient for residents who want to drop off soil samples or bring in plants or come in to ask questions of our experts,” said Guinn Wallover, Berkeley County Extension agent.

Floodwaters rose above the window sills in Extension’s former Berkeley County office. Much of the furniture, equipment and supplies was destroyed. Agents, meanwhile, were in fields assessing crop damage, helping remove trees from roadways, assisting landowners with pond and property restoration and performing other community services in the days, weeks and months following the flood.

Extension serves as Clemson University’s public outreach arm, providing unbiased, research-based information to help improve the quality of life in South Carolina, a core responsibility of a land-grant university such as Clemson. Its goal is to improve the value of the state’s $42 billion agriculture and forestry industries; strengthen families and communities; improve stewardship of natural resources and the environment; strengthen connections between people and their food; and expose South Carolina youth to opportunities in agriculture, science, technology, engineering and math.

Extension has offices in all 46 counties of the state, where agents work with community organizations, schools, farmers, landowners, gardeners, businesses and others. Agents at the Berkeley County office have expertise in water resources, agriculture, horticulture, health and nutrition, forestry, economic development, South Carolina 4-H and youth development, food safety and natural resources.

The office is open to Berkeley County residents from 8 a.m. to noon. Because agents frequently work out of the office within the community, residents should call ahead if visiting the office after noon at 843-719-4140.

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