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Clemson Extension announces contest, workshop

Posted: July 22, 2014 7:24 p.m.
Updated: July 23, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Clemson Extension Service is assisting with a tomato contest coming up Saturday, and is sponsoring a pesticide calibration and safety workshop on August 15.

The tomato contest, sponsored by the Kershaw County Master Gardners’ Association, will take place Saturday at the Kershaw County Farmers Market at 11 a.m.

Prizes will be given for the youngest participant, biggest tomato, ugliest tomato, best cherry tomato, most unusual tomato and overall winning tomato.

Everyone is welcome to enter their home grown tomatoes for this contest.

The pesticide calibration and safety workshop will take place Friday, Aug. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Modern Turf Sod Farm on Peach Orchard Road in Dalzell in Sumter County.

Pre-registration fee for the workshop is $75 if registering by August 9. Otherwise, the fee is $90 on the day of the event.

This is a hands-on workshop that includes sprayer and spreader calibration; weed, insect and disease identification; ant management; and a spray drift demonstration. The workshop will offer six pesticide credits.

“This is the last year to obtain all of your pesticide credits in order to maintain your license,” organizers said in a press release.

To register online, go to

For other training dates and location, check the Department of Pesticide Regulation website at

For more information, contact Jackie Jordan, Kershaw County commercial horticulture agent, at 432-9071 or by email at


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