Letter from the Vice President

John W. Kelly, Vice President for Public Service and AgricultureMicrobiologists are using nanotechnology – particles a fraction the thickness of a human hair – to prevent diseases in poultry houses without using antibiotics. The particles lock onto bacteria and purge them through the digestive system. As a result, flocks are healthier and there is little chance of creating drug-resistant germs.

Service-learning students are developing marketing plans that help non-profit organizations provide new services and improve their business operations. It’s a win-win situation. The students learn valuable career skills and the charitable groups are able to help more people in the community.

The Savannah River represents a model for how water issues cross political boundaries. This river provides water for municipalities, electric power, recreation, farms and industries in three states. Science-based information is needed to guide public water policy decisions, particularly as we enter a period of prolonged drought.

Most people think that all bacteria are harmful but some play an essential role in producing food, such as yogurt and cheese. Experiments with one of these bacteria shows promise to prevent micro-organisms that can cause foods to spoil, thereby extending the usable shelf life.

Many of the next generation agriculture and natural resources professionals select these careers because of the S.C. Commissioner’s School for Agriculture, a summer program for high school students held at Clemson in partnership with the state Department of Agriculture.

John W. Kelly
Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture