Crop & Equipment Services

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Clemson Station: Cherry Farm
Contact: John S. Shirley, Jr.
jshrly@clemson.edu

Simpson Station: Douthit
Contact: Matthew J. Fischer
fische3@clemson.edu

Established in 1920 as the Farms Department and later called Ag Support, this division of Research Farm Services performs operational, facility, machinery and crop production support for all other units within RFS.  There are two main headquarters facilities for this unit: The Simpson Research Center, five miles east of Pendleton and Clemson Station Headquarters at the Cherry Farm in Clemson.

Services provided to the different farm units include: Hay, silage and crop production, pasture management, vehicle and equipment maintenance, facility maintenance and upgrade, engineering services, grading construction and land management, utility installation, grounds care, carpentry and machine shop services and diesel fuel/gasoline storage.

There are two managers and eight FTE's in the department. Much of the seasonal type labor is accomplished by the hiring of 8-10 undergraduate students.  The department manages 4,400 acres of land, 150+ pieces of machinery and 100+ buildings.

Map & Directions

Clemson Station – Cherry Farm

From Campus
From Perimeter Road and Cherry Rd., take Cherry Rd. away from campus and approximately 1 mile, at the 3-way stop turn right, go about 1/4 mile and turn left, bear to the right. The station’s office and shop is located at the far end of the road.

From Off-Campus
Take I-85 south to exit #19B (Hwy. 76/28 west). Exit toward Clemson University (tiger paws mark the way). Follow Hwy. 76/28 west for approximately 12 miles. At the traffic light past Tri-County Tec, turn left on Old Stone Church Rd. Go 1/4 mile and at the 3-way stop turn left. Go about 1/4 mile and turn left, bear to the right. The station’s office and shop is located at the far end of the road.

Simpson Research Center - DouthitCrop & Equipment Map

Directions from I-85
Take exit 21onto US 178 going North toward Liberty for 1.5 miles.  You will come to a blinking light at the intersection of Lebanon Rd. at Mountain Springs Baptist Church.  Turn left on Lebanon Rd. and go 2.6 miles to the 4-way stop.  Continue on Lebanon Rd. for .3 miles and turn right into the main entrance for the Simpson Station.

Directions from Easley
Follow US 123 to US 178.  Go South toward Anderson.  Continue on 178 until you come to the blinking light at the intersection of Lebanon Rd. at Mountain Springs Baptist Church.  Turn right on Lebanon Rd. and go 2.6 miles to the 4-way stop.  Continue on Lebanon Rd. for .3 miles and turn right into the main entrance for the Simpson Station.

Directions from Clemson
From the intersection of US 123 and US 76 at the Ramada Inn, follow US 76 toward Anderson. Continue straight at the traffic light at Old Stone Church and go 2.9 miles on US 76 to the intersection with Westinghouse Road on the left.  Turn left onto Westinghouse Rd and go .9 miles to the stop sign and turn right onto Lebanon Rd.  Go 2.7 miles to the main entrance to the Simpson Station on the left.