Letter from the Vice President

John Kelly, Vice President for PSA and AgricultureSmall potatoes have the potential to deliver big profits for farmers who can fill the demand by upscale restaurants and specialty markets. Scientists at Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston are helping South Carolina farmers tap into this promising new market.

Social and economic challenges can be especially great in rural counties, where local resources may be limited. Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life has helped Chesterfield County leaders obtain four major federal grants to address social concerns such as preventing violence and substance abuse.

A new mobile command center will help Clemson Regulatory Services and Livestock-Poultry Health scientists respond to agricultural emergencies even in remote areas of the state. Equipped with satellite telephones and a self-contained laboratory, the unit can be set up in the field to diagnose diseases or toxic substances that could threaten crops and livestock.

The use of foods to promote health is as old as Hippocrates; but now research is identifying the specific chemical compounds, or micronutrients, that benefit human health. Clemson animal scientists are using this research to improve the nutritional content in beef and dairy products by modifying what the cattle eat.

At-risk youth are learning to live a deliberate life, relying on nature and each other in an eco village that Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute has established at the W.W. Long 4-H Leadership Center in Aiken. The community environment helps students gain new respect for themselves and others.

You’ll find more on these and other Clemson Public Service programs in this issue.

John W. Kelly
Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture