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Sustainable Agriculture Program

What is sustainable agriculture?  Innovative farming practices that promote profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and their communities over the long term. This holistic approach to agriculture involves integrated plant and animal production systems with site-specific applications (SARE, 2012).

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  • A herd of 40 goats climbs into a trailer, leaving Clemson for its trip back to a farm in North Carolina.

    Clemson goats say goodbye – with full bellies and a job well done

  • National children’s gardening symposium in Columbia to feature Clemson experts

  • 4-H leadership conference to honor Clementa Pinckney

  • Vladimir Reukov (sitting) and Alexey Vertegel have won a national award for an innovative natural product they have created which can extend the shelf life of pet food.

    Clemson professors honored for product that can extend pet food shelf life

The Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program offers sustainable agriculture training and outreach services with support from Clemson Extension and the USDA Southern region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) programs. 

Priority areas for training are determined by stakeholders through annual public open forum and advisory committee meetings. The program advisory committee is comprised of farmers, 1862 and 1890 Extension personnel, governmental agency and NGO representatives, and others with an interest in sustainable agriculture development. A prioritized list of the current year's training needs, determined by the Advisory Committee, can be found here.

Professor Geoff Zehnder, in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, currently serves as Program Coordinator to direct the statewide Sustainable Agriculture and Integrated Pest Management Programs for Clemson University. These programs provide comprehensive training in sustainable/organic agriculture for farmers, Extension agents and other agriculture professionals. 

Dr. Zehnder also initiated and directs the Clemson University Student Organic Farm, a working certified organic farm on Clemson campus that serves as a resource for experiential learning in sustainable agriculture and organic farming.

Upcoming Clemson Events

JUN 28

Greenville County Master Gardener Training Class Application Peri...

All Day

Greenville County Clemson Extension Office

JUN 28

York County Fall Livestock Show

All Day

B & S Farms

JUN 28

Junior Beef Round-Up Registration

12:00 am to 11:59 pm

T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena

JUN 28

Science on Tap - Greenville

6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

Coffee Underground

JUN 29

Cells, DNA, and Medicine - camp at CULSOC

9:00 am to 3:30 pm

CU Life Sciences Outreach Center

JUN 30

CAFLS Career Fair Registration (Employers)

All Day

Life Sciences Facility


The College of Science goes live

12:00 am to 7:00 pm

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Food, Science, and Our Senses day camp at CULSOC

9:00 am to 12:01 pm

CU Life Sciences Outreach Center

JUL 11

Biotechnology, Health, and Society camp at CULSOC

9:00 am to 3:30 pm

CU Life Sciences Outreach Center

JUL 11

Managing Cucurbit Diseases & Insect Pests in Organic Production S...

9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Student Organic Farm

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