Edisto Young Farmers honored

Members of the Edisto chapter of the Young Farmers of America. 

The Edisto chapter of the Young Farmers of America received the America's Farmers Grow Communities award for years 2017 and 2018.

The honor is presented annually by Monsanto Fund to organizations in recognition of their contributions to their communities. Edisto chapter was nominated by Gloria Fanning in 2017 and Sam Fanning in 2018.

Each award included $2,500, with the Edisto chapter planning to award the money to students graduating in Orangeburg County Consolidated School District 4 and majoring in agriculture.

Private pesticide applicator training

Private pesticide applicator license certification training will be held at the Tri-County Electric Cooperative office Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The training will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The electric cooperative is located at 9843 Old Number Six Highway in Matthews.

State and federal laws require anyone who purchases or uses restricted-use pesticides to have at least a current private applicators license, or to be working under the supervision of someone who has such a license.

Class materials will be prepared for each participant so preregistration is required by Feb 11.

The cost of the training is $100.

Payment will be accepted at the door (cash or check made out to Clemson University).

For additional information or to register, call the Calhoun County Clemson Extension Office at 803-874-2354 or email Charles Davis at cdvs@clemson.edu.

Farm transition/succession workshop

Clemson Extension in partnership with South Carolina Farm Bureau, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Southern Extension Risk Management Education will be holding workshops to help farmers with farm transition/succession plans across the state from February until April 2019.

The meeting in The T&D will be held Friday, Feb. 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Tri-County Electric Cooperative.

The workshops are an opportunity to learn what is involved and what pitfalls to avoid.

The workshops will focus on the importance of developing a transition plan in a thoughtful manner, keeping one's family goals in mind -- a plan that provides financial security to the senior generation, provides opportunities to the younger generation and maintains family harmony.

The workshop will focus on:

  • Tips on how to resolve family conflicts
  • Ways to avoid unnecessary taxes
  • How to navigate legal agreements
  • Which professionals you need on your transfer team

For more information, contact Clemson Extension Associate Professor of Agribusiness Adam J. Kantrovich, Ph.D. at 803-788-570 or email akantro@clemson.edu

Storm-damaged tree cleanup training

Clemson Extension is offering a storm-damaged tree cleanup training demonstration at the Lake House at Sandhill Research and Education Center in Columbia on Tuesday, March 12.

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The training session will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The center is located at 900 Clemson Road. The cost is $20 for lunch.

The training is for tree removal and cleanup following storms and other emergencies.

North American Training Solutions will set up “storm damaged” trees, then walk participants through the techniques that will allow for safe removal and cleanup.

An instructor will explain and demonstrate rigging, distance release techniques, and handling wood under pressure.

Participants will learn how to handle leaners, snags, hangers and other frequently encountered challenges. They should be experienced chainsaw operators trained in basic chainsaw safety, use and maintenance.

Attendees will be required to wear eye protection, head protection and ear protection.

Space is limited to 35. A second training will be done if more than 50 participants sign up. Arborist Continuing Education Units have been applied for. 

The registration deadline is March 5.

For more information, contact Cory Tanner at 864-365-0633 or shannt@clemson.edu

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

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