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1890 ExtensionThe 1890 Extension Program offers the majority of outreach programs and services to the citizens of South Carolina on behalf of SC State University. Extension’s programs provide life-long learning opportunities that help rural and urban limited-resource clients improve their quality of living.

The 1890 Extension Program at SC State has an over 20-year history of providing outreach programs and services to help rural South Carolinians reach their full potential through wise resource management. While the 1890 Extension Program began in 1897 as a primary agricultural-based initiative called the Farmers Institute for Negroes, the program, which is part of a national network of cooperative extension programs, has adapted to meet the ever-changing needs of the state’s citizens. Regional Extension directors and agents offer programs and activities with the following areas as part of the 1890 Extension Program mission include:

  • 4-H and Youth Development
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Education, Innovation and Support
  • Family, Nutrition and Health
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Development

South Carolina Counties Served

1890 Extension offers numerous programs and are available through our regional offices. For more information in specific program areas and activities in your community, contact the regional directors listed.

Capital Region
Aiken, Lexington and Richland

Coastal Region
Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Georgetown

Low Country Region
Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper
Ishmel Washington, Regional Director
Office: (803) 943-3538

Midlands Region
Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg
Edoe Agbodjan, Acting Extension Administrator
Office: (803) 516-4750

Pee Dee Region
Chesterfield, Dillon, Florence, Marion and Marlboro
Deborah Hardison, Regional Director
Office: (843) 456-5174

Piedmont Region
Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick and Saluda

Santee Wateree Region
Clarendon, Sumter and Williamsburg
Darryl Johnson, Regional Director

Upstate Region
Anderson, Greenville, Pickens and Spartanburg
Boyd Owens, Regional Director