2019 Spring Farm Edition

Sunday's T&D featured the spring farming section examining agricultural prospects for 2019. You can find the section's content in a collection at TheTandD.com

Tomato production meeting

The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service is holding a tomato production meeting Wednesday, March 27.

The meeting will be held at the Orangeburg County Agricultural Center on 1550 Henley St.

The meeting will from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 Registration is $10. Seating limited to 30.

This meeting will be held at the Orangeburg Extension Office on the second floor.

It will provide growers with knowledge in integrated pest management, disease identification/control, Plasticulture, and fertility practices.

Pesticide recertification credits are offered.

If you need special accommodations due to a disability or food allergy in order to participate, call the extension office 10 days prior to the event.

Individuals should preregister by Monday, March 24, by calling or emailing Susan Till at 803-534-6280/smtill@clemson.edu.

Forest Landowner Association meeting

The Calhoun and Orangeburg County Forest Landowners Association will have a meeting Tuesday, April 2.

The free meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at 1550 Henley St. in the Clemson Extension office on the second floor.

The event will be hosted by Clemson Cooperative Extension.

Topics include:

  • Enhancing Forest Productivity through Tree Improvement – Janet Watson – Arborgen

Private landowners will hear about the latest developments in forest genetics and how combining this with sound silvicultural practices can maximize their timberland productivity. Also, the basics of reforestation principals will be covered to help ensure early rotation success.

  • 2019 Program Planning – Those interested in assisting with planning for future programs are invited to stay for a brief meeting.

Space will be limited to 35 people with priority given to those who own or manage land in Calhoun and Orangeburg counties.

A meal, sponsored by ArborGen, will be served. Please RSVP by 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, to Janet Steele at jmwatt@clemson.edu or 803-534-6280.

For more information contact: John Cuttino 803-533-9730 or longcreek@tds.net or Janet Steele 803-534-6280 or jmwatt@clemson.edu

Orangeburg pesticide applicator training

The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service in Orangeburg County will offer a private pesticide applicator license certification training on Saturday, March 16.

The training will last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1550 Henley St., 2nd Floor, Suite 200.

The private pesticide 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.

If you currently hold a pesticide applicators license, you can attend the program to earn recertification hours.

The initial training is approved for three hours of recertification credit.

For more information and to register for the program contact Susan Till at the Extension Office at 803-534-6280 or email smtill@clemson.edu by Thursday, March 14.

Southern States raising funds for FFA

Farm supply retailer Southern States Cooperative is holding a month-long fundraiser to help raise money for FFA at the local, state and national levels.

Southern States is holding its annual FFA Paper Emblem campaign throughout the month of March where customers can donate $1 or more at checkout and sign their name on an “I’m Supporting FFA” emblem that will be displayed in the store’s window.

“Young farmers are the future of food production,” says Jeff Stroburg, president and CEO of Southern States. “As a farmer-owned cooperative, we take tremendous pride in investing in the young farmers of America and will continue to contribute to their development as future leaders in agriculture.”

Half of all funds collected will benefit a local FFA chapter in the community; the other half will benefit the National FFA Foundation. Ten percent of all donations will go to the state FFA Association.

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Staff Writer

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

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