Letter from the Vice President

John W. Kelly, Vice President for Public Service and AgricultureA variable rate irrigation system being tested at the Edisto Research and Education Center puts water only where it’s needed in agricultural fields and sod farms. This system uses a computer program to control the amount of water sent to each nozzle, based on the soil type and terrain. It promises to significantly reduce water use, energy costs and run-off from fields.

Coastal community leaders can see the impact that population growth is having on their counties through a growth model developed by policy researchers in the Strom Thurmond Institute. The model gives policy makers a visual representation of how much land is being converted from rural to urban as new residents move to South Carolina.

Also, as more people move into rural areas around the state, they create opportunities for wildlife to damage home landscapes, as well as agricultural crops. To reduce damage from nuisance wildlife such as deer, Clemson scientists provided training in best management practices for wildlife control specialists at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center.

Consumers are becoming more conscious of the health benefits found in certain foods. One of the surprising discoveries is that pasture-raised beef contains healthy fats that can reduce heart disease and cancer. A consumer taste-test of the heart-healthy beef had participants asking Clemson livestock scientists for more.

Each year, there are more children growing up in single-family homes. Clemson youth development specialists convened a national meeting of educators and human service workers to address the changing needs of families, youth, and communities. The conference offered an opportunity for professionals from 29 states to share program ideas.

These and more Clemson Public Service programs are featured in this issue.

John W. Kelly
Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture