Savannah Valley District

Sun Safety: May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent, Colleton and Hampton Counties Agriculture relies on sunshine for growing and harvesting crops, rising healthy livestock, and providing adequate work conditions. However, the sun may be one of the biggest health hazards farmers faces. To get their jobs done, farmers and agricultural workers spend enormous amounts of time in […]

Celebrating Clemson Extension Employee’s Service Milestones in May

Clemson Extension 4-H

Congratulations to All University Staff who achieved milestones in the month of May: Jenny Powell, Administrative Assistant,             May 1, 2023 – One year! Akendra Garrett, EFNEP Program Assistant,    May 5, 2006 – 18 years! Felicia C. Cunningham, 4-H Youth Development Agent, May 23, 2007 – 17 years! Each celebrating year(s) at Clemson University. Clemson University […]

Brake For Terrapins

Amanda Taylor, Forestry and Natural Resources Agent (c) 2011 Todd Pierson, some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC) iNaturalist.org If you drive alongside brackish water between early May and the beginning of July, you may glimpse a secretive creature crossing the road. Be sure to hit the brakes!  Diamondback terrapins are not just another turtle. Derived from the […]

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 […]

Preserving Foods for Later Use

Gayle Williford, Food Systems & Safety Agent, Berkeley County The goal of preserving should be to keep food safe while retaining nutrition and quality. There are numerous methods available to complete this task. A good preservation method must: 1) Keep the food acceptable, 1) safe, and 3) retain nutrition. Dehydrating or drying has been around […]

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 […]

ATV Safety

Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are typical on many farms and properties and are helpful for work, recreational use, and other modes of off-road transportation. However, ATVs continue to be a source of injuries and fatalities for youths as well as adult operators. According to the S.C. Department of Health and […]

Proper Hay Sampling Techniques

Written by Livestock and Forages Agents – Nicole Correa, Sallie Thompson, Marion Barnes, Travis Mitchell and Hillary Pope With the fall weather starting to peek through, it is essential to start considering making hay purchases for the winter season. With all the options available, how does one choose? There are multiple grass and legume options, […]

Native Plant Festival Held on May 27, 2023

Christopher Burtt, Urban Horticulture Agent Native Fruits was the subject of a Native Plant Festival held on May 27, 2023. Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)-  Fruit can usually be harvested in Summer and Fall Woody, deciduous shrub or small tree, 5 to 12 feet tall in the Adoxaceae or Muskroot family Cooked berries are edible and can be […]

Woods in Your Backyard

Amanda Taylor, Forestry and Natural Resources Agent Introductory lecture by Amanda Taylor The word “woods” often evokes romantic images of vast forests, when really, you probably have some woods in your backyard. Your quarter acre of pine trees or pollinator garden may not be very big, but small landowners play a key role in the […]