Savannah Valley District

National Farm Safety and Health Week

Marion Barnes, County Extension Agent, Clemson University Anyone actively involved in farming can tell you about the hazards and risks encountered while providing the food, fiber, and fuel this country and the world depend on. Just as consumers sometimes overlook the important role farmers play in their lives, farmers often overlook the dangers of farming. […]

Keep it Safe When Brown-Bagging

CHRISTINE PATRICK, SENIOR COUNTY EFNEP AGENT Whether it’s students taking lunch to school or adults packing lunch for work, millions of people across the country pack a bag of lunch each day.  Bag lunches should be handled with care to make sure the meal inside remains tasty and safe to eat. Follow these safety tips […]

Picking Up the Pieces – Managing Livestock Pastures After a Severe Weather Event

Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent- Clemson University Severe weather events like hurricanes and tropical storms remind us of how vulnerable we all are to weather events. Livestock producers are no exception. These events cause stress and problems for livestock as well as producers. When storms cause damage to personal property, dwellings, outbuildings, and other […]

4-H Cooking Camp

Meghan Barkley, 4-H Youth Development Agent – Beaufort County Cooking Camp Cooking may seem like a daunting task for youth ages 10-14.  Youth at the Beaufort County 4-H cooking camp chopped, minced, boiled, and used even more techniques to create recipes they could enjoy.  They made smoothies, Bolognese pasta, teriyaki chicken, and more.  Campers worked […]

Nuisance Wildlife Workshop

Rogan Gibson, Joe Varn, & Marion Barnes, County Extension Agents On August 8, 2023, a Nuisance Wildlife Workshop was held in Allendale County. Participants from Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, and Hampton Counties attended the meeting to learn about different techniques to control wild hogs and deer. Wild pigs are increasing in distribution and abundance […]

Keeping Water Clean with Vegetated Buffers

Ellen Sturup Comeau, Water Resources Agent An Eroding Shoreline: Photo by Guinn Wallover With the summer’s heat, people all over Beaufort County flock to the County’s beautiful ponds, rivers, marshes, and beaches. This exciting waterfront lifestyle keeps the Beaufort County Water Resources Agent busy with site visits. While the specifics of the questions vary from […]

Embryology at the Allendale County Library

Hillary Pope, Area Livestock & Forages Agent With the start of summer and the many activities available to youth, I partnered with the Allendale County Library Summer Reading Program and set up an incubator. Students learned about embryology and the chicken life cycle by listening to the book Hatching Chicks in Room 6 by Caroline […]

Canvas and Conservation

Amanda Taylor, Forestry and Natural Resources Agent Art and conservation have long gone hand in hand. In the 19th century, artists from the Hudson River School headed west to paint the American wilderness. Their work sparked a movement that birthed the U.S. Forest Service and legislation that led to more wise use of our natural […]

Irrigation – Never Too Late To Calibrate!

Becky Davis, Water Resources Agent- Savannah District Introduction – August in South Carolina may conjure up the start of school and football season, but there still may be hot, dry days in which your plants require additional water to yield the optimal benefits. Irrigation seems simple! Water plants the right amount at the right time. […]

Teen Cuisine Curriculum

Patti Chapman, Nutrition Educator – Beaufort County The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) team finished the school year teaching these sixth graders the Teen Cuisine curriculum.  (“The curriculum addresses key concepts about nutrition, food preparation and cooking, food safety, and physical activity using approaches and strategies that enhance learning and behavior change among […]