The South Carolina Grower provides current fruit, vegetable, and other specialty crop news from around South Carolina. Visit regularly for field updates, pest alerts, meeting announcements, and more. 

Clemson Extension employs Extension Agents who work closely with state extension specialists and researchers located on campus and at research and education centers across the state. Your local Extension Agents provide expertise in Agronomic Crops, Economic & Community Development, Food Safety & Nutrition, 4-H, Horticulture, Livestock & Forages, and Forestry and Natural Resources. For more information, visit the Clemson Extension Homepage.

Extension Fruit and Vegetable Agents

Coastal Region

Rob Last joined Clemson Extension in 2020 and is based out of Barnwell County. He is the Horticulture Agent for Barnwell, Bamberg, Hampton, and Allendale Counties. He works with commercial horticulture growers on a range of field vegetables and fruit crops. He is also part of the urban horticulture team assisting homeowners with their gardening questions. Rob’s specialty is soil fertility and plant nutrition. He can be reached at

Zack Snipes is the commercial horticulture agent for the coastal region, based out of Charleston. The major crops in his region include tomatoes, watermelons, blueberries, and there are many highly diversified farms that supply the booming Charleston and Savannah restaurant industries. Zack organizes several on-farm trials and field days each year, helping growers improve their diverse operations. He is also active in the Schoolyard Gardens for SC Educators Program. He can be reached at


Phillip Carnley joined Clemson Extension in 2021 and is based out of Orangeburg County. He is the Commercial Horticulture Agent for Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties. Phillip works with commercial horticulture growers on a range of field vegetables and fruit crops. Major crops there include cabbage, peaches, cucumbers, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, and sweet potato. He is also involved with on-farm trials looking to improve insect and disease control practices. He can be reached at

Sarah Scott is the commercial horticulture agent for Edgefield and Aiken Counties. She works with produce growers in these counties and surrounding areas on several crops, including peaches, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, squash, potatoes, greens, and asparagus. Sarah conducts on-farm trials, hands-on workshops, and pesticide classes for this area. She is also a member of Clemson’s Peach Team. She can be reached at

Pee Dee

Bruce McLean started with Clemson Extension in June 2019 and is based out of Marion County. He is the Commercial Horticulture Agent for the Upper Pee Dee area (Marion, Horry, Dillon, and Marlboro Counties) where he works with fruit, vegetable, and nut crops. Bruce conducts on-farm trials in fruit and vegetable production, works with numerous fruit crops (primarily small fruits), and holds workshops, field days, and pesticide trainings. He can be reached at


Andy Rollins is the commercial horticulture agent serving the upstate and is based out of Spartanburg. He has over two decades of experience with fruit and vegetable crops and spends a considerable amount of time working with peach, strawberry, and blackberry producers. Andy conducts numerous on-farm research trials each year and regularly teaches education classes for commercial fruit and vegetable producers. He can be reached at


Justin Ballew has been with Clemson Extension since 2015. He is the Extension Fruit and Vegetable Research Associate stationed at the Sandhill Research and Education Center in Columbia. He conducts research in fruit, vegetable, and nut crops to study pesticide efficacy, varietal differences, and the effects of different management techniques. He most commonly works with brassicas, cucurbits, strawberries, and pecans. He can be reached at

Cory Tanner is Clemson Extension’s Horticulture Program Team Leader and provides statewide programmatic leadership to extension agents working in horticultural food crops (commercial fruit and vegetable production) and urban horticulture (school & community gardening, consumer horticulture, and the ornamental nursery and landscape industry). He delivers educational programs and consultation services and shares home gardening advice, teaches Master Gardener lessons, and writes horticultural columns and fact sheets. He can be reached at

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