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).

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. Past meeting minutes and a prioritized list of the current year's training needs, determined by the Advisory Committee, can be found here.

The Southern SARE programs provide relevant training in sustainable/organic agriculture for farmers, Extension agents and other agriculture professionals.