Letter from the Vice President

John Kelly, Vice President for Public Service and AgricultureIn this issue you’ll see how a multi-state research project has found that pasture-fed cattle produce more nutritious beef, how compiling a community’s shared stories can strengthen family bonds, how global climate change is affecting South Carolina’s tidal forests, how computer models are being used to protect the blue crab population, and how 4-H members are helping people in their hometowns and in the Caribbean.

Other items in this issue include:

Livestock reproductive research is improving both herd quality and quantity for the state’s horse and cattle producers. The key is to increase ovulation in top quality livestock and use surrogate mothers to carry the offspring.

New public policies to address suburban sprawl are being implemented in Dorchester County as a result of a forum led by Clemson’s Institute for Economic and Community Development. The forum brought together community leaders to identify issues and seek solutions. County council responded by establishing new guidelines for development.

A statewide emphasis on water quality and watershed management is being initiated through a partnership led by Clemson’s Restoration Institute. The collaborative effort with the U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, and other groups will focus on promoting both economic and environmental sustainability. A partnership with the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice is landscaping a visitation garden at the Columbia facility and providing an alternative correction program at the W.W. Long 4-H Leadership Center in Aiken. Both projects are changing young lives for the better.

I hope you enjoy these and other reports on Clemson Public Service Activities across the state.

John W. Kelly
Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture