FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – For more than 30 years, the Clemson Pee Dee Research and Education Center has called Pocket Road, near the Darlington and Florence County line, home.
However soon, that facility will get a new look as renovations are now underway.
“Previously we had labs but they were small and dark and frankly not very suited for collaborations,” said Jonathan Windham, Extension Associate with the center.
The $7 million renovation includes new labs for the advanced plant technology program, a stronger network for data transfer and more collaborative workspaces.
“We’re going to be doing new things like genetic work and genomic work. So that’s what we are all about, producing better varieties for our farmers and supporting agriculture,” Windham stated.
On top of renovations, the Pee Dee Rec is hiring both a peanut breeder and already has added a soybean breeder.
South Carolina produced $160 million in soybeans in 2014. So the impact to local growers could be significant.
“We are all about protecting our farmers,” said Windham.
The building renovations should wrap up by September.