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SCFC unites with ArborGen on nursery reboot

 TRENTON —The South Carolina Forestry Commission has entered into a partnership with commercial forestry seedling provider ArborGen, which will provide management services to operate the agency’s 60-year-old tree nursery in Edgefield County.

The collaboration represents a unique public-private partnership in which ArborGen will use Taylor Nursery as a production facility for its portfolio of seedling genetics while the commission will retain ownership of the property. As part of the arrangement, ArborGen will also make a substantial investment in modernizing the nursery’s equipment and infrastructure, including irrigation systems, storage coolers, and seeding and harvesting equipment.

The facility and its seedlings will undergo a co-branding effort as part of the deal, and the Forestry Commission will determine seedling production goals – up to 5 million – for South Carolina landowners, who are eligible to receive discounts on orders up to 100,000 seedlings.

“We’re very excited about this association with ArborGen, which is known globally as a leader in the research, development and delivery of advanced-genetic seedlings,” said SCFC Resource Development Director Tim Adams. “In addition to expanding seedling production through capital improvements, this partnership will also strengthen service delivery and long-term viability of the Forestry Commission’s nursery and tree improvement program.”

ArborGen will assume responsibility for operation of Taylor Nursery effective April 1.

USDA grants to boost 1890 schools

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced support to enhance food, agricultural, natural resource and human science facilities and equipment at 1890 land-grant institutions. Funding is made through NIFA’s 1890 Facilities Grants Program.

The 1890 FGP facilitates the full participation of 1890 land-grant institutions in the research, extension and education enterprises of the higher education system.

Applications may only be submitted by the 19 current 1890 land-grant universities. South Carolina State, Alabama A&M, Tuskegee, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Fort Valley State, Kentucky State, Southern, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Lincoln, Alcorn State, North Carolina A&T State, Central State, Langston, Tennessee State, Prairie View A&M, Virginia State and West Virginia State.

There is $19 million in available funding to support 1890 FGP programming. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. EST, April 6, 2018.


Pesticide training is March 8

A training session will be held Thursday, March 8, for farmers using restricted pesticides.

The Dicamba Training will be held at the Tri-County Electric Cooperative in Calhoun County at 10 a.m.

There is no preregistration required. The training will last about one hour.

The new dicamba formulations (Engenia, XtendiMax, FeXapan) are now restricted-use pesticides.

All applicators, even those working under the supervision of a licensed applicator, must take the dicamba training to use these products.

The training does qualify for one pesticide recertification credit.

For information contact Charles Davis at 803-874-2354 Ext. 117.



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