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100 Years of Cooperative Extension

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of extending knowledge and changing lives. #ClemsonExt100

Happy National Cheesecake Day!

To ‘bee’ or not to ‘bee?’ The honey bee program at Clemson University consists of three broad areas including extension, research, and teaching. One of our primary goals is to help provide the citizenry of South Carolina the opportunity to learn the importance and value of our honey bees and other insect pollinators. For more on beekeeping, visit the beekeeping website at: #ClemsonExt100

Photo by Peter Tögel. Is it safe to eat pizza that was left out overnight? Will I get sick if I eat a hamburger that is still pink inside? College students living away from home for the first time may be looking for answers to such questions that will not appear on any tests. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides answers to some of these frequently asked questions on food safety.

Caterpillar on Horsetail. Photo by Peter Tögel Horsetail Did you know researchers in France have discovered that horsetail plant spores use 'legs' to walk and jump? Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) has been around for a long time and is descended from huge, tree like plants in prehistoric times. Although poisonous to livestock, horsetail are used to make medicine. It is also as an aquatic plant.

Did you know? Daisies represent purity and innocence. Photo by Peter Tögel The Perfect Spot to spend Parents' Day In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed into law establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as Parents' Day. Parents’ Day is established for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children." What better way to celebrate Parents' Day than with planning activities with your children at the South Carolina Botanical Garden.

Food and Medicine for the Soul As American botanist and horticulturist Luther Burbank once said: "Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul." For more tips on landscaping, gardening, plant health, household pests, food safety & preservation, and nutrition, physical activity & health, visit their website at

Invasive, or exotic pest plant species are a growing problem in South Carolina. Nonnative plant invasions can be seen in natural areas, croplands, rangelands, pastures, forests, wetlands and waterways, wilderness areas, parks and refuges, and highway rights-of-way. The bull thistle is an annual or biennial, herbaceous plant that invades disturbed areas throughout the United States.

Horticulturist and Extension Associate Bob Polomski at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. Photo by Peter Tögel. Originally, our (Bob Polomski, Tyler Polomski, and Robert Key.) intent was to map the locations of the (mostly) woody plant species and cultivars covered in “Landscape Plant Identification” (HORT 3030). Students could then return to these specimens to improve their ability to identify these plants on quizzes and exams. To go to the maps:

Photo by Peter Tögel. Managing Weeds The main reason homeowners want to rid their lawn of weeds is that they are aesthetically disruptive. In other words, weeds are ugly and interrupt an otherwise uniform appearing lawn. Weeds are also fierce competitors and will rob the turf of sunlight, nutrients and moisture. Lastly, weeds have a tendency to spread rapidly. A few left uncontrolled can quickly become a problem.

Did you know that Clemson’s ’55 Exchange gets their peaches and other ingredients from local South Carolina farmers? The ’55 Exchange is a student-run organization that was established in 2005 by a generous gift from the class of 1955. Check their website for seasonal hours and flavors. Photo by Peter Togel. Today is national “Ice Cream day”! How are you celebrating? Share your ice cream photos today and be sure to tag them with #ClemsonIceCream.

Merino Sheep. Photo by Peter Togel. Small Ruminant Short Course Join Clemson Extension for a great one-day workshop outlining the management and care requirements of goats and sheep. This course will benefit both small and large producers, as well as the new and experienced, by offering both classroom and hands-on learning opportunities to improve herd sustainability. Topics to be taught by area agents, veterinarians and specialists.

“A uniform stand of thickly spaced cotton which is necessary to produce high yields”. Extension Circular 440: “Cotton Production Insect and Disease Control”. February 1958. Photo courtesy of Clemson University Library Archives. #ClemsonExt100

“The Extension Service supervised the federal-state shipping point inspection of 5,171 cars of fruits and vegetables valued at $6,106,893.” Extension Annual Report, 1944. Photo courtesy of Clemson University Library Archives. #ClemsonExtension

The photo is not captioned in the original document but Clemson experts suggest that this image appears to be someone demonstrating how to use a liquid nitrogen application rig. 1956 Extension Annual Report: “Agricultural Engineering”. Photo courtesy of Clemson University Library Archives. #ClemsonExt100

photo from CBD Garden Gathering program November 2013. Alison Dailey is a Master Gardener who attended the program at Cypress Gardens. #ClemsonExt100

Bryan West, husband of Newberry County 4-H Agent Alana West, helps his son Cooper, then 7 years old, prepare a wildlife food plot for the 2012 4-H FACE Project. #ClemsonExt100

"Assistance was given to 1,225 farm women in improving the arrangement of their kitchens." Extension Annual Report, 1945. Photo courtesy of Clemson University Library Archives. #ClemsonExt100

Test your memory with our Cow Appreciation Day matching game! Current high score is 47. Can you beat it? #ClemsonExt100

"Apply the sauce during the last 30 minutes of cooking. During this time turn the chicken several times and liberally apply the sauce after each turning.” Excerpt from Extension Circular 446: “Barbecuing Chicken”. 1979. Page 7. Photo courtesy of Clemson University Library Archives. #ClemsonExt100

Cover image for the Extension Circular: “Classification and Use of South Carolina Farm Lands According to Their Capabilities by the South Carolina Agronomy Committee”. May 1948. #ClemsonExt100

“Seasonal stunts - the boys chose the maypole dance. Poultry boys. Jasper camp. 1926.” Photo courtesy of Clemson University Library Archives. #ClemsonExt100

It's Ice Cream Month! Johnny McGreggor, Faculty Advisor for ’55 Exchange, scooping up cool Clemson refreshments. Photo courtesy of Clemson’s Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Science department. 2011. #ClemsonExt100

Potash experiment at Sand Hills Station, 1928. Plot on left received no fertilizer. Plot on right received 800 pounds of 8-8-0 and 100 pounds of muriate of potash per acre. #ClemsonExt100