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Essential Activities of Agriculture Continue During COVID-19 Pandemic

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. During a recent interview, Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers detailed the breadth of agricultural activities considered essential during this time of national crisis, and that there is no evidence that food product can transmit the corona virus. His staff, most working remotely, is still performing all activities necessary to keep human and animal food and fiber production, inspection, and distribution safe and operating at levels that can supply demand.  If you search South Carolina Department of Agriculture, the first image is a field with the phrase COVID-19/ (Coronavirus) Outbreak. Click there to get a listing of related topics ranging from loan programs for producers to listings of farms, retail markets and other outlets legally open to consumers wanting to purchase fresh, locally produced vegetables, fruits, dairy, meat and more, and rules for safely visiting those outlets. 

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.