About Clemson's Public Service and Agriculture

As a land-grant university, Clemson is part of a national system created by the U.S. Congress to improve the quality of life for citizens in every state through teaching, research and Extension. While faculty members teach Clemson students, Clemson Public Service and Agriculture (PSA) conducts research and Extension programs to improve the quality of life for citizens in South Carolina.

Clemson PSA programs develop and deliver impartial science-based information in five areas that align with the national land-grant university system and touch the life for every South Carolinian. Those areas are: agrisystems productivity and profitability; economic and community development; environmental conservation; food safety and nutrition; and youth development and families.


To be acknowledged as the foremost provider of practical new discoveries, outreach education and technical assistance in the areas of agribusiness productivity and profitability, economic and community development, environmental conservation, food safety and nutrition, and 4-H youth development to enhance the quality of life for South Carolina’s citizens.


Clemson University PSA is made up of four interrelated units: Experiment Station, Extension Service, Livestock Poultry Health and Regulatory Services. The overall PSA mission is to conduct research, extension (knowledge transfer) and regulatory programs that:

  • Advance the competitiveness of South Carolina’s $42 billion agriculture and forestry industry
  • Enhance the economic potential of rural communities
  • Safeguard the food supply
  • Preserve natural resources
  • Prepare young people for the workforce through 4-H