Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service will offer a private pesticide applicator license certification training Thursday Jan. 19.

The training session will be from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the county office located at 1550 Henley St., Suite 200, in Orangeburg.

The private applicator license is intended for agricultural producers who must purchase, use or supervise the use of restricted-use pesticides on their operation. This is not a certification for homeowners, commercial applicators or pest control operators.

For more information, contact Jonathan Croft at the Clemson Extension Office to register for the program at 803-534-6280 or email croft@clemson.edu.

Contact Croft by Monday, Jan. 16, if you plan to attend.

The cost of the training is $100 payable at the door with cash or check. Fee covers the cost of handouts, break refreshments and lunch.

Forest management courses

The Clemson University Cooperative Extension's Forestry and Wildlife Team is offering a series of forest management courses.

The course, "Woodland Management: The First Look" workshop is designed to educate participants on forest management.

The program will be held at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center at 2200 Pocket Road in Florence Jan. 12; at the Edisto REC 64 Research St. in Blackville Jan. 26; and the Sandhill REC at 900 Clemson Road in Columbia Feb. 10.

The cost per person is $50. Class size is limited to 50 participants.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the welcome at 9 a.m. The workshops will end around 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Topics include: objectives in forest management, benefits of proper management, wildlife management, life of a stand, contracts and selling timber, opportunities for youth in forestry and a field tour.

Topic presenters will be Clemson Extension forestry and wildlife agents.

The First Look program is the first of the series of programs that will be held in January and February and focuses on the basics of forest management. This will be the same program replicated in the different locations.

Individuals can register at http://www.clemson.edu/extension/forestry/ or call Paula Varn at 843-563-5773.

S.C. expo begins Jan. 11

FLORENCE — Get ready to learn where your food and fiber comes from at the 2017 South Carolina AgriBiz and Farm Expo in the Florence Civic Center Jan. 11-12.

Hosted by leaders in the South Carolina agricultural industry, the expo is an event representing all aspects of agriculture both large and small. Admission is $5 per person. Children 10 and younger are admitted free with a parent. Tickets are available cash-only at Civic Center ticket booths. The Florence Civic Center is located at 3300 West Radio Drive.

Attractions at this fifth Expo include a farm show with a wide variety of equipment and farm products, coupled with educational components.

Clemson experts in organic crop production, agribusiness and marketing, vegetable production, food safety and hay production will be among the presenters.

The theme for this year’s educational sessions is “Efficiency on Your Farm.” Educational sessions during this year’s expo include several sessions slated for 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the concourse area of the Civic Center. They will cover how to recognize and maximize opportunities found on farms, the business basics of small farming operations, attracting and retaining customers, post-harvest handling and packaging of products from farm to fork and growing organic vegetable crops and cover crops.

S.C. AgriBiz Youth Day event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. This event is free, but registration is requested for planning purposes. Also on Wednesday, the FFA Statewide Tractor Operations and Safety CDE Contest will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is for registered FFA participants, but everyone can attend.

Thursday’s activities are scheduled begin at 9 a.m. in the Pee Dee Room. Thursday’s events feature a vegetable production meeting and a discussion on the Food Safety Modernization Act. Attendees also will hear small farming success stories and other tips to help farmers create and maintain successful farming operations.

A Certified Animal Manure Managers class is scheduled for 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Santee Room. The class is titled “Impact of Fluctuating Fertilizer Prices on Manure Nutrient Value” and will teach farmers how to improve efficiency by using litter on their crop land. Attendees will receive two hours of certification hours. For information about the CAMM class, contact Bryan Smith, CAMM program coordinator, at 864-984-2514, ext. 112, or wsmith@clemson.edu.

Other events taking place during the expo include a Food Truck Rodeo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and features vendors It’s a Matter of Taste and The Donut Guy.

A Taste of South Carolina reception will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 10, and will feature key agribusiness companies, leaders, award-winners and advocates associated with South Carolina agriculture. This reception is an invitation engagement with limited tickets available. To purchase a ticket, go to http://bit.ly/2i7S5Os.

South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers will host a Breakfast with the Commissioner from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Expo. Admission is $25 for individuals and $250 for corporate tables. To register, go to http://bit.ly/2gUKx0C.

For a full list of events, or for more information, go to http://scagribiz.com/expo/

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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