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Budget Priorities

Recurring Request

1. Rural Health Cooperative Extension and Research -- $2.39 million

Clemson Cooperative Extension seeks to enhance and expand its current health and nutrition programming by creating a team that will deliver research-based nutrition and wellness education programs in the counties. The focus will be on prevention of chronic disease and self-management of diabetes and heart disease. Partnerships with health systems will allow agents to connect citizens to healthcare and social services. Four (4) Faculty will conduct applied research in nutrition and disease (2), community nutrition (1), and nutrition and physiology (1). Their findings will be organized into plain language materials by a Curriculum Coordinator (1) and Program Trainer (1), and materials will be delivered to citizens by a team of Extension agents (20).

2. Laboratory Services Support -- $1.55 million

Clemson University’s Agricultural Service Laboratory, Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory work together to protect the health and well-being of South Carolina citizens, the continued prosperity of the state’s agricultural, horticultural and recreation industries and the safety of the food supply. The requested funds address the increased demand for services and expertise due to the state’s population and industrial growth and will allow Clemson PSA to continue its vigorous testing of the plants, water, crops, and livestock for harmful or invasive insects, pathogens and diseases that could threaten our natural resources, agricultural production, and human health.

3. Integrated Agricultural Technology Development -- $1.078 million

Technological innovations developed by researchers at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center help farmers maximize the efficiency of irrigation and fertilizer applications and increase productivity. Working in public-private collaboration with major technology companies, Clemson PSA will help farmers better understand environmental conditions, forecasts, and crop management options. Capitalizing on information extracted from technologies such as remote sensing, sensor-based measurements of field and crop conditions, and integrating this information into an advanced decision platform will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of common agricultural practices such as irrigation, planting and harvesting times, chemical applications, yield monitoring, pest management and field design.

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