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Bats! Those Amazing Fly-By-Night Creatures

Larry Chesney

Farmers benefit greatly from the presence of bats. But these highly effective insect-eaters are facing some new and deadly threats

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A brown bat shows his teeth

For many South Carolinians, a very relaxing way to enjoy a summertime sunset is to sit outside and watch the acrobatic maneuvers of bats in flight. What makes the show even more...

Wild Hogs – A Statewide Problem

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Farmers across South Carolina have been battling the menacing wild hog with increasing vigor for the last few years as the swine’s prolific breeding and cunning keep it from being easily exterminated. The feral hogs destroy freshly planted fields, then ruddy the ground making it nearly impossible to replant. They...

Personalize Your Plate This National Nutrition Month

Lanier Dabruzzi, MS, RD, LD
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Every time you choose a meal or snack, you are “personalizing” your plate. We’re all different, and our choices are shaped by many factors, not only taste preference, but more complex factors, too, like access to food, culture,and tradition. There is no one size fits all approach to fitness and health.

For...

Plowing Through: A Series on Mental Health

Part III

Access to healthcare in rural communities is often limited, mental health even more so. South Carolina Farm Bureau recently announced a new program called SC AgriWellness that will bring mental health services into farmers’ homes.SC AgriWellness, administered by First Sun EAP, will make counseling services...

Plowing Through: A Series on Mental Health

Part II

For the last five years, farm income has been slashed in half from weak markets and severely depressed commodity prices and now farmers across America are facing the same struggles and stress as Josh. The mental health problem in rural communities has been highlighted even more recently as farmers are...

Plowing Through: A Series on Mental Health

Part I

Sixty-eight and a half inches: that’s how much rain fell on Baxley Family Farms from September 27 until December 7 of 2015. Before that, the fifth generation farm in Georgetown had been riding a wave of good commodity prices and strong markets. Their farm was growing, after all, “it takes more to make more.”

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Hickory Hill Milk and Clemson Blue Cheese

Margaret N. O’Shea

From "Say Cheese"
SC Farmer, Fall 2018 

SOUTH CAROLINA’S CHEESE-MAKING CULTURE IS CREATING A REMARKABLE ARRAY OF TASTY PRODUCTS.

Though Bleu cheese is French, a wonderful rendition of it is made at Clemson University, only 20 miles from Forx Farms, using one of the same sources of raw milk that the Lubsens use...

Forx Farm Gouda

Margaret N. O’Shea

From "Say Cheese"
SC Farmer, Fall 2018 

SOUTH CAROLINA’S CHEESE-MAKING CULTURE IS CREATING A REMARKABLE ARRAY OF TASTY PRODUCTS.

Ron and Tammy Lubsen make artisan Gouda cheese at Forx Farm in Anderson County, a lush green property they named for Devil’s Forks Creek, which runs nearby. Some other keepers of sheep...

Blue Moon Specialty Foods

Margaret N. O’Shea

From "Say Cheese"
SC Farmer, Fall 2018 

South Carolina’s cheese-making culture is creating a remarkable array of tasty products.

“A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou singing beside me in the wilderness . . .”

One poet’s idea of a picture-perfect life centuries ago sounds today like a passable picnic that...

Milk Leads the Way in Nutritional Value

Nicole Yon, R.D.

When new products hit the shelf sometimes we for some reason mistake them as better than their predecessors. As a dietitian, I am often asked, “shouldn’t I be drinking {insert alternative milk beverage here}.” As more and more alternative milk beverages have been introduced on the market it’s easy to believe that these...