South Carolina Farm and Forest Land Conservation Training

Project Overview

ES01-057
Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2001: $25,428.40
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $5,500.00
Region: Southern
State: South Carolina
Principal Investigator:
Ben Boozer
Clemson Institute for Economic & Community Develop

Annual Reports

Information Products

Commodities

  • Agronomic: grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Additional Plants: native plants, ornamentals
  • Animals: bovine
  • Animal Products: dairy

Practices

  • Animal Production: feed/forage
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, holistic management

    Abstract:

    This project assembled a partner-based group of stakeholders to develop a series of train-the-trainer workshops across South Carolina to help natural resource educators, policy makers, agency representatives and other professionals discuss land use issues and effective conservation tools for farm and forest land owners. Workshop participants received information and resources to discuss the social and economic issues surrounding changes in land use, engage the public in community discussions on conservation, examine tools and practices available to promote conservation, learn of South Carolina experiences with conservation tools, and consider the next steps for individual landowners and state policies.

    Project objectives:

    1. As a result of these training workshops, 50 of the 100 USDA field personnel, other agricultural educators, farm and forestry leaders and natural resource personnel that attend the workshops will utilize the workshop training within the first six months to provide agricultural land conservation technical/educational assistance to their constituents. Technical/educational assistance is defined as any of the following: providing information through newsletters, bulletins, fact sheets and other materials; providing information through telephone and e-mail requests; and/or providing information directly through workshops, conferences, meetings, training and on-site visits.

    2. As a result of these training workshops, 25 of the 50 USDA field personnel, other agricultural educators, farm and forestry leaders and natural resource personnel that utilize the workshop training within the first six months to provide agricultural land conservation technical assistance to their constituents will report increased communication in the following topic areas: land use and farm and forest land conservation options; and social/cultural implications of land use and farm and forest land conservation.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.