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 […]

“Current and Emerging Markets for Coastal SC Landowners”

Janet Steele, Area Forestry & Wildlife Agent Current and Emerging Markets for Costal SC Landowners Meeting held in Harleyville. With the recent announcement of the closing of the WestRock paper mill in North Charleston, there have been many questions in the forestry community related to the pulpwood market and how this could impact forest management […]

Weekly Field Update

Phillip Carnley, Area Horticulture Agent Orangeburg and Calhoun have been exceptionally wet. Cucumbers show signs of root rot and pythium from too much moisture in fields. Symptoms range from wilt to outright death. Tomatoes are at their end with decent quality for this late in the season. Watermelons are still being picked with excellent quality and […]

Spray Drones

Jonathan Croft, Agronomic Crops – Orangeburg, Dorchester, Berkeley Counties To address questions about the efficacy of foliar fungicide applications in corn via spray drones.  Clemson Extension Agent Jonathan Croft and Clemson Corn/Soybean Agronomist Dr. Michael Plumblee worked with a local company that offers aerial applications of agricultural pesticides via drone.  Multiple plots were established to determine […]

Agribusiness Extension Agent

David Mansfield, Agribusiness Extension AgentAgribusiness Program Team, Orangeburg County Cooperative Extension Office I am originally from Irmo, South Carolina. I graduated with my B.S. in agribusiness from Mississippi State University. I received my M.S. in Applied Economics and Statistics from Clemson University. My research and thesis from my master’s degree dealt with modeling the land […]

Orangeburg & Calhoun County 4-H Youth Development Agent

Laura Hair, Orangeburg & Calhoun County 4-H Youth Development Agent  Laura grew up in Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education (2009) and a Master of Education in Teaching (2017) from the University of South Carolina. Even though she has degrees from USC, she bleeds orange! […]

Upcoming Workshops

  Samantha Houston, Food System, and Safety Agent I had a great time speaking at the Midstate Beekeepers Association’s August meeting. We spoke about how to sell honey and honey products in South Carolina. I have the upcoming Principles of Pickling Workshop on September 13th  for food preservation workshops. I am making my schedule for […]