The Clemson Extension Service recently assigned two agents to York County.
Faith C. Isreal is the new 4-H agent for York County, and Chris LeMaster recently assumed duties as livestock and forage agent for York and Cherokee counties.
Isreal, a native of Marion County, said she spent 14 years as a 4-H member and that she has landed her “dream” job.
Isreal replaces Margie Sipple as York County 4-H agent.
Isreal has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Coastal Carolina University and expects to receive her master’s degree in human nutrition from Winthrop University in December. She works in the York office at 120 N. Congress St. and may be contacted at 803-684-9919, ext. 113, or via email at Fisreal@clemson.edu.
LeMaster is a graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and is nearing the completion of his master’s degree in the same field.
LeMaster grew up on a family farm in Gaffney, where his grandfather raised cows, horses, chickens and row crops such as soybeans, corn, cotton and hay. He was active in the National FFA Organization as a youth, and his father teaches agriculture at the Cherokee Technology Center.
LeMaster said he will deliver research-based knowledge to help livestock producers use better farming practices, both in raising animals and in using pastures.
“I am able to stay up to date on research that is going on at Clemson at other universities, to stay on the cutting edge,” he said. “That way we can help farmers implement that.”
He said that South Carolina has few full-time farmers who don’t have other employment.
“I also work with homeowners,” he said. “You don’t have to be a full-time farmer by any means. A lot of people just have a few acres, and maybe a few goats or a horse.”
LeMaster works out of the Clemson Extension office in Gaffney and may be contacted at 864-489-3141, ext. 113.