Letter from the Vice President

John Kelley Vice President for Public Service and AgricultureWelcome to the first issue of Clemson Impacts. This publication is designed to share some of the exciting programs that are going on across the state through Clemson University’s Public Service Activities.

Many people are familiar with Clemson’s Cooperative Extension Service. County Extension agents have been a mainstay since the early 1900s, solving problems for the state’s farmers, families, public policy decision-makers and businesses. In addition to this very visible unit, there are several other components of Clemson Public Service Activities.

The Clemson Experiment Station develops relevant, unbiased, science-based knowledge for agriculture, natural resources, food safety, and rural community and economic development.

Livestock-Poultry Health Programs ensures the safety and health of livestock and poultry produced in South Carolina, as well as the health of companion animals and wildlife.

Regulatory Services ensures the quality of seeds and plants produced in South Carolina, as well as the availability and safe, effective use of fertilizers and pesticides.

The following institutes are also critical to the university’s public service mission: Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Clemson Genomics Institute, Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development, the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, the Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs, the Institute for Nutraceutical Research and the Youth Learning Institute.

The programs presented in this issue are the result of a talented and devoted group of Clemson faculty, staff and students, as well as a wide variety of partners in the public, private and non-profit sectors. By working together, we are building a stronger South Carolina.

I hope you enjoy this and future issues of Clemson Impacts. Please let us know what you think. Send your comments or questions to the Editor at the address below.

Sincerely,
John W. Kelly
Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture