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- This major was previously named soils and sustainable crop systems.
- Clemson’s soil judging team was recently a top-10 finalist at the regional soils competition held at West Virginia State University.
- Clemson is home to a Student Organic Farm that covers 15 acres and conducts progressive research that follows the National Organic Program guidelines.
- The variety of okra you eat today was developed at Clemson; when buying the plants, look for Clemson Spineless Okra.
Just a small handful of soil contains millions of microorganisms. These organisms all work to provide nutrients that are essential for plant growth and health. As our world continues to change, the science of protecting our environment and developing new agricultural practices must continue to evolve as well. A major in plant and environmental sciences (previously named soils and sustainable crop systems) covers topics such as plant biology, soil science, ecology, genetics and biotechnology. It’s important that, with our ever-growing population, scientists find practices to help growers produce more with less. Our graduates play a significant role in bringing sustainable approaches and modern technologies to agricultural and environmental practices.