The South Carolina SGA Rodenticide Task Force, recently formed by the state Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), seeks to balance the scales between the tenuous hold of wildlife along South Carolina's fast-developing coast and the human health concerns of the deadly diseases -- like plague, hantavirus or rat-bite fever -- that rodents spread.
South Carolina pesticide applicators will increase their arsenal in the struggle with rodents by learning integrated pest management strategies in an online training offered by the Clemson University Extension Service and the state Department of Pesticide Regulation.
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
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.
An invasive species of beetle, the Asian longhorned beetle, has been discovered for the first time in South Carolina. Teams of inspectors from Clemson's Department of Plant Industry and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are surveying the area surrounding Hollywood, S.C., in Charleston County where a homeowner first contacted Clemson about the pest.
The Department of Pesticide Regulation has issued a statement on the effect a federal court ruling and subsequent EPA orders will have on farmers who grow more than half a million acres of cotton and soybeans in the Palmetto State. The change immediately prohibits sale and distribution of three prevalent dicamba-based herbicides and will prevent their use entirely by the end of July.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clemson University’s main campus covers some 17,000 acres, but the Tiger paw also adorns dozens of satellite campuses and research centers placed across the entire expanse of South Carolina. One of those orange dots on the map is the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic in Pendleton, which is where you’ll find diagnostician and manager Meg […]
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.
Fig buttercup's bright, shiny yellow petals poke upward from heart-shaped, dark green leaves that carpet several Carolina riverbanks. At the same time, the invasive species also smothers out the native plants that once called the bottomlands home. Surveys conducted by the Department of Plant Industry at Clemson University, a state regulatory agency charged with protecting South Carolina from foreign plant predators, show that colonies of fig buttercup have established themselves along tributaries of the Reedy River in Greenville and the Catawba River in Rock Hill.
CLEMSON — Agriculture does more than feed South Carolina’s residents. It enriches the state’s economy. It encompasses an impressive 4.5 million acres, 25,000 farms, and it represents a $41.7 billion annual economic impact. And Clemson University — from its 17,500-acre Experimental Forest to its half dozen research labs that span the state — is South […]