Clemson Extension Aiding in Flood Recovery Efforts

While some offices remain closed, Clemson Extension agents across the state continue to help communities recover from the historic flood and are scouting fields to assess losses to the state’s $41.7 billion agriculture and forestry industry.

Many crops have already been lost to flood. Others may be lost in the coming weeks due to disease caused by wet conditions. Planting for the fall season will be disrupted. Crops that can be salvaged will be hard to reach given field flooding and road closures, said Brian Callahan, associate director of Clemson Extension.

Extension plans to estimate economic losses caused by flooding but those figures will take considerable time to calculate, he said.

Meanwhile, agents continue to help with cleanup efforts at public buildings and assist in the removal of debris from roadways.

2015 Winter Grains Report Now Available

As planting season for winter wheat and other small grains approaches, North Carolina State Extension has released their 2015 Small Grain Field Day Report.  This year’s approach to small grain evaluation was different from years past…they were scheduled at different times and at five different locations around the state.  The report contains information from each of the five different locations; Central Piedmont, coastal Plain, Lower Piedmont, Eastern Tidewater and Northeast Ag Expo.

Another Boost for Dairy

The government is expected to issue new dietary guidelines by the end of the year.  At a hearing on Capitol Hill there was tough talk directed at the Secretaries of Health and Agriculture for outdated food information. After years of discouraging whole milk because of saturated fat, it now appears not as harmful as first thought. Registered dietician Keri Gans talks about how the language in the new guidelines could change.

Gans says Americans should worry less about what NOT to eat and more about eating whole foods throughout the day.


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.