Cattlemen name Barnes ‘Educator of the Year’

By Tom Lollis

Marion BarnesThe S.C. Cattlemen’s Association named Marion Barnes “Educator of the Year” in their March meeting at the Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville. Barnes is a senior Extension agent for Colleton, Hampton and Allendale counties. The award was presented by Mack Beaty, association president.

“Farmers in the counties he serves know he is willing to go the extra mile to solve a problem,” said Thad Williams, association vice president. He cited Barnes for his studies with forage and pasture species, his efforts to promote conservation tillage, his work with wildlife habitats, his special programs to acquaint farmers with noxious weeds, and his educational meetings for beef producers.

Barnes was nominated by the Lowcountry Cattlemen’s Association. He has been with the Clemson Extension Service since 1989 and lives on a 550-acre farm that his family has owned since 1856. He earned a B.S. degree in animal science from Clemson.

For information: Marion Barnes, 843-549-2596,