Vice President’s Message
With the new fiscal year that began July 1, state funding for Clemson Public Service Activities (PSA) is roughly half (46%) the level of 2008. State funding is now the same dollar amount as 1985, not adjusted for inflation or population growth.
We are implementing strategic plans to focus all state resources on critical programs that support economic development for South Carolina’s $34 billion agriculture and natural resources industries. In this issue you will find reports on research, Extension and regulatory programs directed at strengthening the rural economy and protecting natural resources.
Because of voluntary cooperation with Clemson’s Livestock-Poultry Health veterinarians, South Carolina egg producers prevent salmonella contamination on their farms. Entomologists have discovered a new insect in South Carolina that eats kudzu but also eats soybeans. They are now working to track and contain the insect, called a bean plataspid.
Plant scientists and Extension agents working with South Carolina soybean growers saved the industry $25 million last year by preventing crop losses due to Asian soybean rust and reducing pesticide sprays. The monitoring system and earlier planting recommendations are now used as a national model for soybean producers.
The entire genetic material – or genome – of the peach has been sequenced by Clemson genetic scientists. This provides a model to identify and understand genes that are critical to the growth and development of deciduous trees and plants related to the peach, including apples, cherries, pears, raspberries, strawberries and roses.
A Carolina Clear workshop for contractors, engineers and landscape architects explained how to comply with stormwater management regulations through all phases of construction. With a focus on educating communities about the significance of South Carolina’s water resources, Carolina Clear also conducts workshops for homeowners and summer camps for youth across the state.
A new research and demonstration project in Clemson’s Experimental Forest will showcase how forests can be improved for wildlife while being managed for timber production. Another research project at the Baruch Institute near Georgetown is analyzing the effects of development on the coastal ecosystem, using fireflies as a sentinel species.
These reports represent some of the impacts that Clemson PSA is having across the state.
John W. Kelly
Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture