Experiment Station Overview

Clemson’s Experiment Station is part of a national system under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Based at land-grant universities in every state, Experiment Station scientists conduct research to improve agriculture, forestry and natural resources management. Clemson scientists have been involved in this effort since 1889 when the university was founded and the South Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station was located here.

Today, the Experiment Station provides science-based information on major issues facing South Carolina’s largest industry sector – agriculture and forestry, or agribusiness – which contributes $41.7 billion and 200,000 jobs to the state economy.

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. Areas of study include commercial production of timber, crop plants, and livestock; coastal forests and ecosystems; environmental conservation; ornamental horticulture; and food safety and packaging science.

Clemson researchers have produced more than 100 new varieties of food and fiber crops, as well as 50 patents.

The Experiment Station’s research focuses on:

  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Agronomic Crops
  • Animal Production Systems
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Food Safety and Nutrition
  • Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Horticultural Crops
  • Water Quality and Quantity