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'Farm=Life' for dedicated Sumter County Young Farmers and Ranchers

GREENVILLE - A record number of attendees met recently for the annual South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference. Sumter County young farmers Spencer McCown, Chris … more

Soaking up some warmth

Fire on the landscape

The flames burned the hair off the back of my hands and singed my mustache, eyebrows and eyelashes. My sideburns were singed, but my gray hair was pretty much protected by my hat that was pulled down tight on my head. My long-sleeve shirt had … more

What do Lowcountry alligators do in the winter?

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - Alligators, it turns out, are not that different from humans when it comes to bundling up during cold weather. While cold winter days might be the perfect time for people to stay inside with a warm blanket and a nice cup of … more

A buck for my brother

It was just the slightest sound - a soft rustle in the leaves, but it caught my attention. I looked up to see a big doe. She was only about 20 yards from the ground blind and was bounding away with her ears pinned back and her tail clamped down. She … more

Pocket-size seed packets have plenty of information

A seed packet may be small, but it speaks volumes. While seed catalogs promote thousands of types of plants, seed packets tell gardeners how to grow one. All the information is printed on the back of a paper pouch slightly larger than the size of … more

First kill

A cold ending to deer season this year

Last Saturday was not so bad. It was cold but sunny and pleasant. I like the colder weather much better than hot weather. I can dress for the cold. I have an insulated set of camouflaged coveralls, a camouflaged scarf that my wife, Ginger, knitted, … more

Not everyone is a hunter

There was a soft knocking on the front door. I sat up, bleary eyed and groggy. Buster leapt from the couch and was barking his disapproval at this afternoon intrusion. We can usually sneak in a short nap before Ginger gets home but not today. Buster … more

Do you know your soil by its name?

"Soil don't get no respect," Rodney Dangerfield might have said (but didn't). Perhaps you know your state bird or flower, but do you know your state soil? Well, in recent years soil has begun to get more respect. Since the celebration of the Soil … more

A question of predator management

He killed hundreds of hawks and owls. Not just locally, but all over the Lowcountry. This prominent attorney shot most of the avian predators with a rifle, from a car window, on public roads. Yet, he was hailed as a renowned sportsman and … more

How to keep your evergreens green in winter

Did you notice browned areas on your evergreens at the end of last winter? You may still be able to do something to prevent a repeat performance of this condition, winter burn, which happens when evergreen leaves lose too much water in winter. No … more

S.C. to receive $4,760,835 in boating infrastructure grants from Department of Interior

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of the Interior announced South Carolina will receive a Boating Infrastructure Grant of $2,314,657 to improve boating infrastructure and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. State partners will provide … more

Farmers are invited to annual S.C. cotton, peanut growing meetings

Southeast farmers can learn tips to maximize profitability on cotton and peanut crops at meetings planned by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service this month. The annual South Carolina Cotton Growers Meeting will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 … more

An inside look at a conservation organization

He is the type of speaker that can keep an audience spellbound for hours. Of course it helps if he is preaching to the choir, and in this instance, it was a room full of hunters, land managers and conservationists. I attended a meeting here in … more
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