In an environment where growing emphasis has been placed on development of sustainability in businesses and communities, the nursery industry has a natural leadership role. Growing sustainably focuses on balancing greater efficiency of resource use with environmental stewardship. By using water and nutrients efficiently and by controlling their movement both onsite and offsite, nurseries can become sustainable operations and be part of a larger movement that stresses the importance of "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations."
The Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture (SA) Program provides sustainable agriculture education and outreach programs to Cooperative Extension Service personnel, Natural Resources Conservation Service staff and other agriculture professionals, farmers, and landowners with an interest in sustainable agriculture. The Program is managed by stakeholder input through an advisory committee consisting of farmers, agriculture professionals, Non-Government representatives and others with an interest in sustainable agriculture development.
Ornamental horticulture contributes some $200 million each year to South Carolina's economy and is the fastest growing segment of agriculture today. To support this growth, Clemson research and extension efforts are developing and providing the information needed by both commercial growers and homeowners.
The Clemson University Turfgrass Program is conducted by an interdisciplinary group of faculty in the departments of Horticulture and Entomology, Soils and Plant Sciences. Faculty and staff are located on the main campus at Clemson, as well as at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence, SC. The turfgrass industry is an important part of the economy of South Carolina.