Socialize and Philosophize Among the Fruits & Vegetables

Socialize and Philosophize Among the Fruits & Vegetables

 – Farmers Markets in the Edgefield County-Ridge Area –  Hugh Weathers, South Carolina’s Commissioner of Agriculture, is asking South Carolinians to join him in celebrating Farmers Market Month in August by shopping at a farmers market in their community. Governor Nikki Haley has again proclaimed August as Farmers Market Month in South Carolina. Farmers Market […]

Dam Operators Urged to Prepare for Storms

Dam Operators Urged to Prepare for Storms

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Owners and operators of reservoirs throughout South Carolina should check their dams immediately and during the next several days for possible problems caused by heavy rainfall, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today. “Owners who have the ability to lower their reservoir’s water level should safely do so to […]

A Herd of Buffalo in Edgefield County

A Herd of Buffalo in Edgefield County

 – By Susan Conley, Guest Writer – It’s not every day you see buffalo grazing in the South, but Edgefield County residents have that opportunity just five minutes outside the town of Johnston. Sometimes you have to follow a dream, and that’s just what Barry and Debbie Mauldin on McCreight Road in Johnston did when in […]

Fireflies Glowing in S.C.; Conservation Needed

Fireflies Glowing in S.C.; Conservation Needed

GEORGETOWN, S.C. – Results from the 2013 firefly count are in. There’s a steady glow in many parts of the state, but conservation efforts are needed, say Clemson firefly project researchers. The Clemson University Vanishing Firefly Project was launched by entomologist Juang-Horng “JC” Chong and biogeochemist Alex Chow. The goal of the program is to […]

STHS Ag Students Attend Commissioner’s School of Agriculture

STHS Ag Students Attend Commissioner’s School of Agriculture

Karson Barrett and Brittany Hutchins, seniors at Strom Thurmond Career Center, were recently selected by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University to attend the 2013 South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture.  Barrett and Hutchins, Thurmond FFA members and students in the agriculture program at the Strom Thurmond Career Center, were selected from […]

Clemson to be Abuzz with Beekeepers

Clemson to be Abuzz with Beekeepers

CLEMSON, S.C. – Apiarists from across the Palmetto State will make a beeline to Clemson University this month for all the buzz in beekeeping. The South Carolina Beekeepers Association holds its summer beekeeping conference at the Hendrix Student Center July 25-27, offering training and information on methods to improve production and fight common diseases and […]

Forest Service Reports Visitors, Local Communities Receive Health, Economic Benefits from Visiting National Forests

Forest Service Reports Visitors, Local Communities Receive Health, Economic Benefits from Visiting National Forests

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released findings of a visitor survey that shows U.S. Forest Service lands are great recreation destinations that provide health benefits to tourists and $11 billion in tourist spending to businesses and communities that serve the more than 160 million forest visitors. “When Americans spend time enjoying the […]

Peach Day at the State Farmers Market July 13

Peach Day at the State Farmers Market July 13

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. – Summer celebrations continue at the State Farmers Market in West Columbia with Peach Day at the Market July 13 at 11 a.m. in the North Shed. Each guest will receive a free peach while supplies last! The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) and the South Carolina Peach Council are hosting […]