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The “Growing our Future” forestry meeting is designed for all landowners, foresters and others interested in learning more about managing forested lands.

Clemson Extension Cooperative Services is hosting its 14th annual “Growing our Future” forestry meeting at T&S Farms in Leesville on May 8 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All landowners, foresters and others interested in learning more about managing forested lands should attend. The meeting will cover the following topics:

  • Agency updates from Dr. Tom Dobbins (Clemson Extension), Scott Phillips (S.C. Forestry Commission, Cam Crawford (S.C. Forestry Association), and Dr. Walt McPhail (S.C. Tree Farm)
  • Wildlife management in working forests — Dr. Cory Heaton (Clemson)
  • Basis for timber taxes — Dr. Adam Kantrovich (Clemson)
  • Invasive species in S.C. — Dr. David Coyle (Clemson)
  • Advanced pine genetics — Jason Watson (Arborgen)
  • Forest ferbicides — Darrell Russell (Corteva/Dow)

Registration is open and includes a full day of programming and a catered breakfast and lunch by Shealy’s BBQ. Attendees can register online here: https://tinyurl.com/ycgbpkxd or by calling Clemson Extension Agent Ryan Bean at 803-840-6124 to pay by cash, check or card. The deadline to register is April 24. Late registration will be an additional $10. No refunds will be given after May 3.

Registration fees are $25 for general public, $10 for college students and $80 for foresters who wish to receive CFE credit (6.5 hours Catagory 1 Forestry CFEs, 2 hours Pesticide Credits for SC, GA and NC)

For more information, contact Clemson Extension Agent Ryan Bean at rbean@clemson.edu or 803-8403-6124.

Annie's Project back in S.C.

HARTSVILLE -- Aimed at teaching women farm management skills in a relaxed setting, Annie's Project is coming back to South Carolina for an eighth year to empower women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Clemson Cooperative Extension is offering the four-day program May 14-17 at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Hartsville. The registration fee of $100 per person includes all workshop materials and activities, lodging (double occupancy), meals and surprises. Single occupancy is also available at $200 per person.

Registration is now open at www.clemson.edu/scwagn.

Annie's Project state coordinator and Clemson Extension agribusiness agent Jennifer Boyles said the goal of the program is to bring together women from all walks of life to build bonds through the common thread of agriculture.

"Many of our participants have been involved in farming for all of their lives and multiple generations of their family, while others are coming into farming after spending most of their lives in another walk of life," Boyles said. "Having the opportunity to bring together such a diverse set of life experiences allows these women to build relationships by sharing those experiences with each other and allows them to create a whole new network of farming friends."

In partnership with Clemson Extension, the program is supported by ArborOne, AgSouth, the S.C. Farm Bureau, USDA and the S.C. Women's Agricultural Network, which supports women in agriculture by providing positive learning environments, networking and empowerment.

USDA launches new farmers.gov

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched two new features at www.farmers.gov to help customers manage their farm loans and navigate the application process for H2A visas.

“Customer service is our top priority at USDA and these new features will help our customers as they manage their farm loans and navigate the H-2A temporary agricultural visa program,” Perdue said. “In my travels across the country, I have consistently heard people express a desire for greater use of technology in the way we deliver programs at USDA. As we adopt new technology, we are introducing simple yet innovative approaches to support our farmers, ranchers, producers, and foresters as they support the nation every day. It’s my goal to make USDA the most effective, most efficient, most customer-focused department in the entire federal government, and farmers.gov is a big step in that direction.”

Perdue unveiled www.farmers.gov in 2018.

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