Savannah Valley District

4-H Is Growing Again!

Glenna Mason 4-H Youth Development, Orangeburg and Calhoun County Since March 2020, when the world shut down, 4-H enrollment has faced a decline.  Many programs were conducted virtually during the pandemic, but enrollment numbers declined. State Enrollment Data: (Approximately) 2018-2019            over 60,500 members 2019-2020            down to 40,500 2020-2021            down further to 40, 200 2021-2022            Currently […]

The South Carolina Home-Based Food Production Law

Samantha Houston-Food System and Safety Agent The South Carolina Home-Based Food Production Law, more commonly known as the Cottage Food Law, allows our state residents to manufacture food items that are considered safe in their home kitchens for sale directly to consumers. This law was amended as of May 2022, providing exciting news for our […]

Livestock Meeting August 18, 2022

Nicole Correa- Area Livestock and Forage Midlands Agent The end of hay season brings us to show season here in SC! A few livestock shows are coming up shortly, but I would like to highlight the Orangeburg County Fair Livestock Show and the shows at the State Fair in Columbia. Several Calhoun and Orangeburg participants […]

Forestry and Natural Resources Team Offers New Training Program for Owners of Small Woodlots

Janet Watt Steele- Area Forestry Agent   A new program entitled Woods In Your Backyard (WIYB) will now be offered to forest landowners in South Carolina by the Clemson Extension Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) team.  The state has 12.9 million acres of forestland, and 87% of South Carolina’s forests are privately owned. Family-owned forests […]

Asian Soybean Rust (ASR)

Jonathan K. Croft and Joe Varn, Agriculture Extension Agents Asian soybean rust (ASR) is a disease that affects soybeans and can significantly reduce soybean yields if left untreated. ASR first entered the United States in 2004 and has migrated out of overwintering sites to infect soybeans in South Carolina each year since it first arrived […]

Hay Season is Upon Us

Nicole Correa, Area Livestock/Forages Agent – Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties Hay season is upon us, and we are thankful for these recent rains!  Calhoun and Orangeburg counties have finally enjoyed a little bit this week; hopefully, the pastures and hay fields will reflect that zoon.  As we all know, fertilizer prices are sky high, so […]

Vegetable Growers in South Carolina Pickling Cucumbers

Phillip Carnley, Area Horticulture Agent – Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties Vegetable growers in South Carolina are making pickling cucumbers a cash crop yet again. Many of the growers are new to commercial cucumber production. Being a “newer” crop, many growers experienced reduced crop yields and revenue due to difficulty managing pests, disease, and herbicide applications. […]

4H2O Day Camp

Glenna Mason, 4-H Youth Development – Orangeburg and Calhoun County Awareness of conservation when kids are young will lead them to be proactive adults concerned about the welfare of their environment and the world they live in. It will be the next generation’s responsibility to make choices regarding the resources available to them in the future. […]

Dicamba Certification Programs

Jonathan K. Croft, Agriculture Extension Agent – Orangeburg County The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a rule that individuals purchasing and applying restricted use dicamba herbicide formulations participate in an approved certification-of-use program to obtain a Dicamba use license. The required training was due to the thousands of cases of dicamba herbicide injury to non-target […]

Emerging Opportunities in Ecosystem Services Markets for Timberland Owners and Managers

Janet W. Steele, Area Forestry and Wildlife Agent Ecosystem services, or the additional benefits provided to humans by forests other than manufactured products, include clean air and water, carbon sequestration, and intangible benefits such as natural beauty. Recent opportunities have become available or are being developed in South Carolina to generate income for timberland owners […]