FEC & AES News

Articles, announcements, video and news about FEC & AES teaching, research and extension, and discussion about why agricultural, forest and environmental sciences matter to our university, our nation and the world.

Clemson research improves watermelon yields

May 27th, 2015

by Scott Miller CHARLESTON — Some fungicides used to control powdery mildew on squash will significantly improve yields on seedless watermelon too, according to recently published research by Clemson University Extension specialist Anthony Keinath. The research helps growers establish cost-effective fungicide treatment plans that reduce loss to disease. Keinath conducted a two-year research project at [Read More]

Poultry enthusiasts flock to Extension workshops

May 26th, 2015

by Scott Miller CLEMSON — After retiring from a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy, Brian Catoe wanted his next professional endeavor to be as rewarding as his first, or close. He’s found his next calling in agriculture, purchasing 37 acres in Lancaster County with plans to grow vegetables and raise chickens for eggs to [Read More]

Fast-talking Clemson students make prize-winning presentations

May 12th, 2015
Nathan Redding

by Peter Kent CLEMSON — Two College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences graduate students fast-talked their way into winning awards and cash. Nathan Redding won $400 for first place and Francesca Stubbins won $200 for third place in the Clemson University Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) research communications competition. The event challenges graduate students to [Read More]

Clemson Extension specialist receives national honor

May 12th, 2015
Guido Schnabel

by Scott Miller CLEMSON — Clemson University fruit specialist Guido Schnabel earned national recognition for helping fruit growers across the East Coast manage disease. The American Phytopathological Society will award Schnabel its annual Excellence in Extension award at a ceremony in August in Pasadana, California. This award recognizes one professional from the nationwide Cooperative Extension [Read More]

Annie’s Project to help women on the farm

May 12th, 2015

by Scott Miller HARTSVILLE — A Chicago native with no prior agricultural experience, Sandra Kay Eubanks is now owner of a growing agribusiness and a proactive member of the South Carolina farming community. She credits part of her success with the knowledge gained and connections made through Annie’s Project, a four-day educational retreat for women [Read More]

Clemson geneticist named to rice foundation board

May 6th, 2015

by Scott Miller CLEMSON — Stephen Kresovich, Coker Chair of Genetics and director of Clemson’s Institute of Translational Genomics, has been elected to the board of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation. The foundation serves to advance the sustainable restoration and preservation of Carolina Gold Rice and other heirloom grains, as well as to raise public [Read More]

Public invited to participate in assessment S.C. river basins

May 6th, 2015

by Jim Melvin GREENVILLE — Even though South Carolina is blessed with an abundance of rivers and lakes, growth has leaders wondering whether there’s enough water to go around. Complicating matters, decision-makers currently have limited scientific information about existing and future water supply, availability and demands on the resources. “We need this information to develop [Read More]

Clemson students win South Carolina Forestry Association scholarships

April 15th, 2015

CLEMSON — Clemson University forest resource management majors Cody Nunnery and Ben Hall were awarded scholarships from the South Carolina Forestry Association for their high academic achievement and leadership potential in the forestry sciences. “Cody and Ben are hard-working and intelligent and have an inherent love of the forest and a concern for a profession [Read More]

Extension workshops to assist with funding for local food, farmers’ market projects

April 9th, 2015
A crowd gathers at Clemson

BLACKVILLE — From the other side of the world, Clemson University’s Kendall Kirk can activate a fan on his grain bin in Blackville that could prevent thousands of dollars in lost crop value. Even better, the automated grain bin can sense an overnight dip in humidity while Kirk sleeps and shut off the fan to [Read More]

Clemson Forestry Club earns second-place finish at annual competition

April 1st, 2015
Jesse Burdett (L) and Evan Ledford (R) finished second overall in men’s crosscut.

CLEMSON — Propelled by top-three finishes in nine individual events, the Clemson University Forestry Club placed second overall for the second straight year at the 58th annual Association of Southern Forestry Clubs Forestry Conclave hosted by Mississippi State University. The conclave is a two-day event featuring competitions in a number of physical and mental forestry [Read More]

Clemson researchers designing wetlands to clean Canadian mining water

March 31st, 2015
Clemson team

CLEMSON — Clemson University professors John Rodgers and James Castle will let the politicians and interest groups fight over the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline while they and their graduate students toil away in a basement laboratory solving a much more vexing problem: how to clean the virtual flood of water needed to [Read More]

Organic farming enjoying a healthy rise in popularity

March 9th, 2015

COLUMBIA — With the demand for certified organic foods rising steadily among health-conscious consumers, more farmers are taking the time and making the effort to seek organic certification. Once officially certified, farmers can use the U.S. Department of Agriculture organic seal with their products, which include crops, livestock and even processed items, such as packaged [Read More]

S.C. landowners to be surveyed about feral hog damage, interactions

February 27th, 2015

CLEMSON — A survey designed by Clemson University researchers to begin to quantify the economic and ecological damage caused by feral hogs will soon start showing up in the mailboxes of many South Carolina farmers and rural landowners. The survey data will help inform a feral hog-management strategy that will be imparted to landowners across [Read More]

Extension, DNR working on coyote control

February 26th, 2015

CLEMSON — If you listen closely when you turn out the lights for the night, you’re likely to hear a coyote howl. Coyotes are present in all 46 counties of South Carolina and can live in about any environment, rural or urban, and they’re growing in numbers. Coyotes have been migrating eastwardly and are here [Read More]

Clemson monitors weather impact on peaches

February 24th, 2015

CLEMSON — February’s frigid temperatures could make spring and summer tiring seasons for South Carolina peach growers. Crop losses due to freezing temperatures likely will be minimal, said Gregory Reighard, a pomology professor at Clemson University, speaking at a peach grower update meeting in Edgefield this month. But the cold snap could condense the peach [Read More]

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