John William “Bill” Riser worked for Clemson Extension for more than three decades, from 1957 to 1989, at appointments in Aiken, Saluda and Richland counties, but his service to the citizens of South Carolina did not end there. He served in the S.C. House of Representatives for 11 years following his retirement from Clemson. Riser was instrumental in ensuring a bright future for South Carolina agriculture through his support of 4-H and the development of the Central Milk Producers Show and Sale Arena, as well as the creation of the Saluda County Cattleman’s Association, the Annual Feeder Calf Sales and the Saluda Fatstock Shows at Saluda Livestock Market. A tireless promoter of Clemson Extension and South Carolina agriculture, Riser also was a regular contributor to WIS TV and The State newspaper in Columbia.
Riser said after the induction ceremony that he took particular pride in teaching youth about farming through 4-H, Extension’s youth-development program.