Clemson students learn about tree care industry from Bartlett Tree experts

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Students from Clemson University and Spartanburg Community College learned more about the science, art and business of tree care during a recent visit to the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories and Experimental Grounds. [vid origin=”youtube” vid_id=”oU2DFet_PXE” size=”medium” align=”right”] […]

Nutrition education program celebrates 50 years of service

Created in the 1960s to promote health among the nation’s most vulnerable — low-resource families with children — the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) teaches participants how to budget their food dollars to increase food security and diet quality. By addressing barriers to health and healthy eating, the program helps people gain the knowledge and, most importantly, the desire to adopt a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle.

4-H Engineering Challenge helps STEM students find their passions

Now in its seventh year, the S.C. 4-H Engineering Challenge aims to raise student interest in science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM subjects — and allow them to experience various STEM disciplines while competing against other students in the state.

Clemson researcher trying to revive staple of southern supper tables

FLORENCE – South Carolina’s heat and humidity are threatening to destroy a mainstay on southern supper tables, but a Clemson researcher believes he can help save the traditional southern dish. Butterbeans, also known as lima beans, have been served up […]

Clemson College of Education to discount online degree programs for S.C. educators

South Carolina teachers pursuing graduate education programs in Clemson University’s College of Education will receive a 10 percent tuition reduction thanks to the college’s new SC Teacher Incentive Program beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. The program will apply to four of the college’s online master’s programs.

Annie’s Project seeks to provide the state’s female farmers the skills to succeed

Aimed at teaching women farm management skills in a relaxed setting, Annie’s Project is coming back to South Carolina for an eighth year to empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. The four-day program offered by Clemson Cooperative Extension is set for May 14-17 in Hartsville.

Clemson natural resource scientists honored for research efforts

A pair of scientists working to foster wildlife and natural resources conservation in South Carolina and beyond have garnered recognition as this year’s top researchers in Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. David Jachowski and John Rodgers, faculty members in the forestry and environmental conservation department, were recently named CAFLS Researchers of the Year.

Clemson researchers say South Carolina peaches suffered minimal damage from freeze

Clemson researchers report South Carolina peaches appear to have survived the recent cold snap, but growers shouldn’t let down their guard just yet.

To help South Carolina peach growers produce bountiful yields, the Peach Team and Cooperative Extension Service agents met with growers during the 2019 Ridge Peach Producers meeting to provide growers with the latest, research-based information.

South Carolina Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sales are April 5, 6 and 20

It’s almost spring and South Carolina residents planning to spruce up their gardens should look to the South Carolina Botanical Garden for just what they need. The Botanical Garden Spring 2019 Plant Sale will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 5, for Friends of the Garden and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays April 6 and 20, for the public.

Clemson announces Southern Heritage Crops Workshop

WEST COLUMBIA — The Clemson Cooperative Extension Service’s New and Beginning Farmer Program will host a workshop, Securing a Niche with Southern Heritage Crops, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 25 at the Phillips Market Center, 117 […]

Clemson Extension working to eliminate ‘food deserts’ through Feeding Innovation program

A report by the USDA revealed that more than 1 million low-income South Carolinians live in food deserts, areas more than one mile from a grocery store that have limited access to other outlets for fresh foods. Clemson Extension is working to address that crisis by partnering on the Feeding Innovation program, designed to support entrepreneurs interested in developing or expanding healthy food enterprises in underserved areas of the state.

Clemson college of agriculture names dean of research, Experiment Station director

Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences has named Paula Agudelo associate dean of research and Experiment Station director. Agudelo, a nematologist and professor of plant pathology in Clemson’s plant and environmental sciences department, was named to the position after a national search.

Clemson Extension workshops offer tools for farm transfer planning

Clemson Extension, in partnership with South Carolina Farm Bureau and support from a U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant through the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center, will be holding a series of Farm Transfer Workshops across the state from February until April.

Clemson Bull Test graduates new class of cattle genetics

It may look like a typical cattle auction ring, but the bulls that passed through the 43rd annual Clemson University Bull Test sale were really under a gigantic microscope. More than 300 beef business professionals were examining 49 yearling bulls for the qualities they need to improve the genetics in the next generations of beef cattle in the Southeast.

Clemson researchers develop new online tool for managing plant diseases

CLEMSON – The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service has developed an innovative online tool that will help Extension agents and others identify and understand some of the most devastating plant diseases. Madeline Dowling, a post-doctoral researcher from Easley working with […]

Clemson Extension announces 2019 Forestry Focus program

Registration is open for a Clemson Cooperative Extension forestry program aimed at providing education for both landowners and professional foresters. On Saturday, March 9, the Newberry County Forestry Association will host its 17th biennial Forestry Focus program from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Piedmont Technical College’s Newberry County Campus, 1922 Wilson Road, Newberry.

Clemson experts advise peanut growers to adjust crops to meet low demand

SANTEE – The United States peanut market will remain in a holding pattern if producers don’t adjust to increasing yields, said experts at the 40thAnnual South Carolina Peanut Growers’ Meeting. Peanut production increased 39 percent, but demand only increased 10 […]

Industrial hemp production bodes well in South Carolina for first year

Industrial hemp production could be a viable crop alternative for South Carolina farmers, according to Clemson Cooperative Extension crop and agribusiness agents. Because this is a relatively new crop, there are still several steps to take before it enjoys perks such as labeled fungicides, herbicides and pesticides afforded traditional crops.

South Carolina cotton crop expected to rebound in 2019

SANTEE – Hurricanes, government shutdown and trade combined to create a tough year for South Carolina cotton farmers in 2018. But reports during the South Carolina Cotton Growers Annual Meeting held here Jan. 22 show  steps are being taken to […]

A conversation with Keith Belli, dean of Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

Keith Belli was named dean of Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences Sept. 1, 2018.

Belli became dean of CAFLS shortly after the college was reorganized to include Cooperative Extension and the university’s six Research and Education Centers, collectively known as the Clemson Experiment Station. The goal of the reorganization is to put CAFLS on the same organizational footing as other top agricultural colleges and allow it to act even more efficiently and effectively in preparing students to become leaders in their chosen careers and in continuing to perform research and Extension that helps South Carolina citizens lead healthy and prosperous lives. The reorganization also gives CAFLS an integrated statewide footprint.

The following is an interview with Belli about opportunities and challenges the reorganization presents, his goals for CAFLS and his favorite movie.

Clemson announces 2019 Turf School

CLEMSON — Turfgrass professionals can learn the latest research-based information for turfgrass management during Clemson’s annual Turf School to be held at locations throughout South Carolina. The Turf School is a one-day course designed and conducted by Clemson University scientists […]

Clemson experts: Dipping roses in calcium before shipping may prolong their beauty

If the bouquet of roses you receive on Valentine’s Day are infected with the common Botrytis fungus, you won’t be able to enjoy them very long. Petals of roses stricken by the Botrytis fungus turn brown or tan, making them less beautiful and marketable. Clemson University researchers say dipping the flowers in a calcium solution before they are shipped can extend their beauty.