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Clemson holding forest herbicides and sprayer calibration workshops

COLUMBIA – For the first time in South Carolina, a workshop to help woodland owners and property managers learn about pesticide safety, herbicide applications and proper sprayer calibration will be offered by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service.

Forestry is a major contributor to the South Carolina economy – with its overall economic impact valued at more than $21 billion annually.
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The workshop, Forest Herbicides and Sprayer Calibration, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15, in The Lake House at Clemson’s Sandhills Research and Education Center, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Workshop organizer  Ben Powell, Clemson Extension agent in Georgetown and Horry counties, said the workshop provides comprehensive forest herbicide training, along with an overview of pesticide safety, as well as information about application techniques, herbicide chemistries and formulations for use in forest management. .

“In the past, we’ve had workshops like this for people in production agriculture,” Powell said. “This workshop came about after some forest landowners and others suggested we hold herbicide and calibration training for people in the forestry industry.”

In addition to Powell, other experts involved in the training include Janet Steele, director of landowner outreach for the Forestry Association of South Carolina; Jeff Fellers, Clemson area Extension agent for Forestry and Natural Resources; and Jessica Rutland, South Carolina forestry territory manager for Crop Production Service’s Timerberland Division. In addition to classroom instruction, attendees also will get hands-on sprayer calibration training.

Seating is limited to 30 people. Cost is $20. This workshop qualifies for three pesticide credits. Register online at Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Ben Powell at, or 843-546-4481 or…

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