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Clemson University
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Steven H. Long

Assistant Director - Regulatory Services, Plant Industry
National Plant Board - President and State Plant Regulatory Official
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Public Service Activities, Regulatory Administration Office, Regulatory Programs, Department of Plant Industry, Invasive Species Program, Nursery Licensing, Plant Problem Clinic, Organic Program

Office: 511 Westinghouse Road, Pendleton, SC 29670
Phone: 864-646-2140
Fax: (864) 646-2178



Educational Background

MS Plant and Environmental Sciences
Clemson University 2006

BS Turfgrass Science
Clemson University 2004

Courses Taught

SSCS 445/645 - Plant Regulatory in SC


Steven currently serves as Clemson Regulatory's Assistant Director for Plant Industry where he oversees programs including Nursery Industry Inspection, Apiary Movement Inspection, Invasive Species, the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic, the Asian Longhorned Beetle Cooperative Eradication Program, and assists with an Organic Certification Unit. He also serves on several national plant protection committees through the National Plant Board where he is also the current President.

Before rejoining the Clemson family, Steven spent several years with a sod farm in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina where he managed more than 500 acres of turfgrass. And prior to taking over as Assistant Director of Plant Industry in 2015, Steven spent 7 years with the Plant Industry unit as an inspector for the Certified Organic program, Nursery programs, and Fertilizer and Seed Certification programs.

Extension and Outreach

Steven routinely provides outreach in the form of education on adherence to and awareness of SC regulations and how citizens can help protect and promote these industries. He has led statewide invasive weed updates for affected citizens and provided legislative updates on pending state law and regulations affecting plant industries.

Steven also currently serves as the Lexington County Farm Bureau President and is the past state chair of the South Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.


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