Overview of Clemson Public Service Activities
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Transfers science-based information to individuals, groups and communities, and helps them apply that information to improve their quality of life. Extension agents serve each of South Carolina’s 46 counties.
Develops relevant, unbiased, research-based knowledge for agriculture, natural resources and rural communities to enhance economic development. Research is conducted in laboratories, farms, and forests on the Clemson campus and at five research and education centers strategically located in the state’s distinct soil and climate regions.
Ensures the health and safety of livestock/poultry industries and companion animals, and protects the food supply and public health of South Carolinians. The program includes three service areas: a Diagnostic Laboratory, Animal Health Programs, and Meat and Poultry Inspection.
Protects the environment and the food supply by ensuring the safe, effective use of fertilizers and pesticides, and the quality of seeds and plants grown in the state; analyzes soil samples and plant pest samples and makes recommendations for maximum productivity; and conducts programs that prevent agroterrorism.
Archbold Tropical Research & Education Center
Conducts applied research and outreach on advancing economic and community development through environmental conservation. The center acts as a liaison for scientists interested in research, and develops educational programming and partnerships with local communities. Situated on 198 acres of richly diverse land, the center is located on the island of Dominica in the West Indies.
Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology & Forest ScienceConducts research and education programs focused on the ecology and management of the natural resources of the coastal region of South Carolina for the betterment of the state’s citizens. The institute is situated on more than 700 acres in Georgetown, SC, and conducts research on more than 80,000 acres of coastal forest through public and private partnerships.
Biosystems Research Complex
Fosters research programs to accelerate the discovery and application of economically significant genetic technologies in agriculture, the environment and human health. The complex includes laboratory, greenhouse, and headhouse facilities on Clemson University’s campus to support research and education in biosystems technology. The component facilities of the complex provide more than 164,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research, demonstration and office space.
Clemson Experimental Forest
Includes 17,500 acres of mixed hardwood and pine forest dedicated to education, research and demonstration to develop and apply best management practices for timber, wildlife habitat and natural resources conservation. These resources include clean air, clean water, abundant wildlife, recreation opportunities and forest products.
Coastal Research & Education Center
Conducts applied research and outreach on vegetable and specialty crop production with an emphasis on the effects of plant-based foods on human health and nutrition. The center includes 325 acres for field work in addition to laboratories in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Vegetable Laboratory. Research focuses on developing production, and post-harvest methodology and pest management, the center offers instruction and experience to graduate students and collaboration with scientists
Edisto Research & Education Center
Conducts applied research and outreach on sustainable crop and livestock production systems, including row crops, vegetables, and beef cattle. Situated on 2,354 acres that include most of the major soil types of the upper Coastal Plain, the center aids citizens, researchers, students, and faculty in finding better ways to grow and harvest crops, raise beef cattle and conserve natural resources.
Pee Dee Research & Education Center
Conducts applied research and outreach on row crops with an emphasis on enhancing crops through biotechnology. Bordering South Carolina’s Florence and Darlington counties, this 2,300 acre facility focuses on the major field crops in this section of the coastal plain, along with environmental, wildlife, and ecological studies.
Research Farm Services
Supports agricultural research, teaching, and public service activities. Farms include facilities for aquaculture, beef and dairy cattle, horses, poultry, swine, fruit, and field crops.
Sandhill Research & Education Center
Conducts applied research and outreach on economic and community development, and environmental stewardship. The center houses Clemson’s Institute for Community and Economic Development, connecting the University to the citizens of South Carolina. The center’s faculty builds the collaborations needed to identify and address the state’s opportunities and challenges for the 21st century.
Bob Campbell Geology Museum
Conducts community education programs and serves as a repository for plant and animal fossils, meteorites, minerals, stone carvings, and gems donated to the University. Located in the S.C. Botanical Garden, the museum is open daily Wednesday through Sunday.
Home & Garden Information Center
Produces and delivers information on landscape, garden and indoor plants, plant pests and diseases, and food safety, nutrition, diet and health. More than 600 fact sheets are available online or by calling 1-888-656-9988 (SC Residents only).
S.C. Botanical Garden
Serves as an interdisciplinary resource center for teaching, research and outreach to advance awareness of botanical, cultural and natural resources. The 295-acre garden features nature trails, pathways, ponds, niche gardens, and award-winning plant collections. The garden is also home to the Fran Hanson Discovery Center and Gallery, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum and the Hayden Conference Center.
T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena
Provides facilities for year-round livestock shows and sales, exhibits, and educational programs that benefit agriculture, agribusiness and the youth of South Carolina. Facilities include two covered arenas, a cattle complex, four horse barns, vending areas and food service.
Expeditions with Patrick McMillan
Produces and delivers information to increase awareness of environmental issues and conservation via public television. The show explains the importance of creating a sustainable environment for nature and humans, and illustrates the global connections of South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources.
Making It Grow
Produces and delivers research-based horticulture and home gardening information via public television. The show features timely, regional information, live question and answer segments, and a highly interactive website.