Savannah Valley District

Safe Driving Tips During Planting Season

Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent – Clemson University There are certain times of the year when farm vehicles and equipment will be more prevalent on the highways, such as spring planting and fall harvest, and motorists need to be aware of this increased activity and exercise caution and patience. With planting season underway in […]

4-H Embryology Teaches Life Lessons

SHANNON HERNDON, 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENT 4-H Embryology to Educate Project was in classrooms in Bamberg & Barnwell County Schools during the month of March. Schools set up incubators with fertilized chicken eggs for 21 days. Students monitored temperature and humidity and recorded daily development. 54 chicks out of 8 incubators went to their new […]

Bamberg 4-H’ers Attend 4-H Junior Weekend at Camp Long

Shannon Herndon, 4-H Youth Development Agent Bamberg 4-H’ers Hampton Jowers, Jules Hurst, and Thomas Hay were among the 80-youth, including 4-H Teen Leaders, who spent a weekend at 4-H Camp Long in Aiken February 9-11 for a wild west adventure. State 4-H Teen Council members planned and implemented “In Addition to Tradition” themed workshops and […]

Spring Start-Up: Check the Pivot!

Becky Davis, Savannah Valley Water Resources Agent As plans for the upcoming growing season move into equipment maintenance, be sure to include the irrigation systems! The first step is to assess the electrical safety. Before touching any part of the system or even limbs that have fallen on the structure, be sure that it has […]

Meet Our New Horticulture Agent!

Anna Sara Hill, Horticulture Extension Agent We are excited to announce Anna Sara Hill as our new Clemson Extension Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent housed in Barnwell County. She grew up on and around the Edisto Research and Education Center, where her father was resident director for many years. Her grandfather was also a long-time County […]

Meet Our New Rural Health & Nutrition Agent!

Roxane Cummings, Rural Health & Nutrition Agent Roxane Cummings recently joined the Rural Health and Nutrition team as the Rural Health Agent for Orangeburg and Bamberg Counties. She is lifelong resident of Cope, a small rural town in Orangeburg County.  After high school, she received her undergraduate degree in English from Southern Methodist College. She […]

2024 Regional Corn & Soybean Meeting

Joe Varn & Rogan Gibson, Extension Agronomy Agents On February 8, 2024, Clemson Extension Agents Rogan Gibson, Joe Varn, and Marion Barnes hosted the corn and soybean production meeting in the Allendale County Extension Office. Seventy-five farmers and industry personnel from across the Savannah Valley gathered in the room to learn more about corn and […]

Silvopasture Systems Provide Many Benefits to Landowners

Janet Steele, Area Forestry & Wildlife Agent Diversifying land use is an area of growing interest among South Carolina landowners. Increasing focus on using forested acreage to its fullest potential has some landowners and land managers wanting to blend livestock management with timber management by implementing silvopasture. Silvopasture is not turning livestock loose in the […]

Christmas Gifts for Farmers That Promote Farm Safety

Marion Barnes Senior County Extension Agent – Clemson University When choosing Christmas gifts for a farmer, think of farm safety. Protecting their health and safety is a priceless gift that one can give in the form of safety equipment for use on the farm. Small items that make a farmer’s life easier and safer include […]

Winter is Coming! Insulate Your Water Pipes!

Becky Davis, Savannah Valley Water Resources Agent Despite the recent unseasonal warm weather, it will get colder! Although only the most northern counties of South Carolina have monthly average temperatures below freezing. It only takes a few hours of temperatures below 25 degrees to cause pipes to freeze! So, now is the time to prepare! […]