Clemson’s researchers and extension agents worked with the dairy farmers to increase the quality of the herds through scientific insemination, improved feed, and careful selection of cattle best suited for the different conditions of the region. “Big Ben” Goodale, long active in South Carolina’s dairy industry, along with Joseph P. LaMaster, demonstrated that, in combination with livestock and poultry, these industries had annual sales of $122 million a year, while the herds had a value of $93 million.
~ The High Seminary, Jerry Reel
Today, agribusiness is South Carolina's largest industry, accounting for 200,000 jobs and a direct economic impact of nearly $34 billion. Agents with livestock and forage responsibilities provide expertise covering beef cattle, dairy cattle, equine, small ruminant, poultry, and pork production. Agents are located in all 46 counties and at the University's five Research and Education Centers.