Proposed land transfer for agricultural research

The USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS) proposes to transfer a 10-acre tract of land and facilities to Clemson University for agricultural research.

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The property is Clemson’s Agricultural Service Center at 133 Old Cherry Road. The proposed transfer includes a requirement that the land continue to be used for agricultural research and extension programs for a period of 25 years.

Background

The USDA/ARS developed the property as a cotton gin in the 1960s, and began using the property in the 1970s for cotton and flax research, in conjunction with Clemson University. The site includes a former cotton and flax gin/agricultural research building, office/administrative building, three storage warehouses, both paved and gravel-covered parking and staging areas, grassed land, planted pines, and hardwood forested areas.

USDA no longer uses the property and is seeking to reduce operating costs. Clemson University has continued to use the property for agricultural research through the present. The proposed transfer would provide a continuation of agricultural research and extension services delivered by Clemson University. Currently, Clemson uses portions of the property to house the Research Farm Services Unit and Home and Garden Improvement Center, both of which are support agricultural research and extension programs.

Expected Outcome

If Clemson acquires this property, the University will continue to use the land to support agricultural research and extension programs for the next 25 years.

The property is ideally located to serve as a central point for the University’s farm management activities, as well as providing information to the public for home gardens and landscapes, and food safety and water quality. Other appropriate programs will be incorporated at the site, including biofuels research. This program has a potential role in wood product research and development. The administration portion of the building that is currently used for the Research Farms Services program would also be used as a point of contact for the planned Emerging Farmers Extension program.

The existing buildings will be evaluated to determine feasible uses "as is". Renovation and potential replacement plans will be developed in furtherance of the agriculture and natural resources research and extension programming, as well as other appropriate programs. The surrounding Clemson University-owned property is currently dedicated to agriculture research, extension and teaching programs and will continue to be used for these purposes. Development is not currently planned in the undeveloped areas of the site as part of this land transfer

Comments

Any questions or concerns about the proposed land transfer may be directed to:

Cal Mather
Environmental Protection Specialist
USDA-ARS-SHEMB, NCAUR,
1815 North University Avenue, Room 2016,
Peoria, Illinois 61604
Phone:  309-681-6608
Fax: 309-681-6683
cal.mather@ars.usda.gov

Related links

Clemson Experiment Station http://www.clemson.edu/public/experiment_station

Clemson Extension http://www.clemson.edu/extension

Clemson Research Farm Services http://www.clemson.edu/public/researchfarms

Clemson Home & Garden Information Center http://www.clemson.edu/hgic