SC State 1890 Extension Ag Program Gains New Statewide Leader

Monday, November 23, 2020

ORANGEBURG, S.C. - SC State University 1890 Research & Extension has tapped agricultural specialist Dr. Joshua Idassi to lead statewide efforts in building and expanding its agriculture programs and initiatives. Idassi joins the extension team as the new state program leader for sustainable agriculture and natural resources. An experienced college professor and agriculture professional, Idassi began his role on Oct. 16.

“I look forward to building fresh and robust agricultural programs that directly benefit the farmers and residents of South Carolina. I am excited about collaborating with my research and extension colleagues at SC State University,” said Idassi.

Idassi has 20 years of agricultural consulting, training and leadership experience and brings a collaborative approach to advance the goals and objectives of 1890 Research & Extension. Idassi plans to focus on identifying sustainable programs in agriculture and natural resources with a special interest in innovative, sustainable farming technologies, introducing new alternative crops to increase farm profitability, estate planning as well as addressing heirs’ property issues facing limited resources and underserved landowners in South Carolina.

“Dr. Idassi brings a vast amount of agricultural knowledge and experience that will certainly enhance our ability to better serve and improve our communities,” said Edoe Agbodjan, associate extension administrator. “His background and expertise will be vital in spearheading agricultural initiatives with South Carolina rural farmers.”

“Agriculture is the leading industry in South Carolina, driving the state’s economy. As a partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, South Carolina Department of Agriculture and other agriculture organizations in the state, SC State 1890 aims to advance the successful growth of agriculture and provide business-based solutions that will further increase the state’s economic viability, while ensuring we help to preserve the state’s precious natural resources. We welcome Dr. Idassi to SC State 1890 Research & Extension, who will lead this charge,” added Dr. Louis Whitesides, vice president and executive director for SC State University 1890 programs.

Idassi joins SC State University from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where he served as the agriculture and natural resources specialist. Idassi holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kiril I Metodij in Macedonia, a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Philosophy from Mississippi State University.