Through its many diverse continuing education opportunities, the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences (SAFES) expresses Clemson’s land-grant heritage of extending research-based knowledge to the citizens of South Carolina by offering online and in-person classes and certificate programs to enthusiasts and industry professionals in a wide range of topical areas including wildlife and land management, gardening and sustainable agriculture, soil and water conservation and nursery and turf management. SAFES continuing education anticipates the issues that will affect South Carolinians, develops the knowledge needed to address those issues, and shares that knowledge with citizens and stakeholders across the Palmetto State.
4-H2O is a youth education program that has been held annually across the state for more than 12 years. It is a water-based science camp that runs in more than 15 counties across South Carolina, allowing students an opportunity to learn and experience this state’s water resources first-hand.
Clemson Extension's Agrisystems Productivity & Profitability is a resource for the dissemination of Agricultural Enterprise Systems, Agribusiness Programs and Enterprise Budgets for any agricultural business as well as additional agriculture-related and food business materials. Current commodity market information, professional development courses, webinars and other useful resources are also available for growers, lenders, agricultural leaders and extension personnel to be informed of potential opportunities in the agricultural market. Webinars are provided for the use of some electronic files.
Carolina Clear is a comprehensive approach developed by Clemson University to inform and educate communities about water quality, water quantity, and the cumulative effects of stormwater. Carolina Clear addresses the special significance of South Carolina's water resources and the role they play in the state's economy, environmental health, and overall quality of life.Stormwater is the leading threat to water quality, and it is recognized that control of such pollution is most effectively implemented when people and organizations understand its impacts, its sources, and the actions each individual can take to minimize their contribution to stormwater.
Certified Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Inspector (CEPSCI) Program educates field personnel on the proper installation, maintenance and inspection of erosion prevention and sediment control measures at construction sites. Preventing sediment-laden runoff not only protects our rivers, creeks and streams, but it is also a trademark of a quality construction project.
Created in 1998, the Confined Animal Manure Manager (CAMM) program helps industry professionals meet the requirements of State Regulation R.61-43. Since 2009 the CAMM team has held 45 trainings in 18 different locations around the state, and certified some 1,461 growers, agents, and agency and integrator personnel. Currently two full-day certification trainings are held each year (one Swine and one Poultry).
The Clemson Extension Forestry and Natural Resources Continuing Education offers research based online and in-person classes for enthusiast and industry professionals in areas such as wildlife management and stewardship, timberland management and taxation, conservation easements, and natural resources enterprises. Classes are taught by experts and often self-paced.
The Clemson Extension Master Gardener Program trains, selects, and utilizes knowledgeable volunteers to facilitate the educational work of the local Consumer Horticulture Agent, by delivering research-based information to citizens of the state.
The South Carolina Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. Interested South Carolinians become Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service.
The Master Tree Farmer Program is an intensive educational program designed to introduce landowners to many of the topics associated with forest management. The programs are not designed to make landowners into foresters, but to acquaint landowners with forestry terms and concepts so they can effectively converse with foresters about the management of their property. We have documented that landowners are more willing to see forestry practiced on their land when they understand why things are done.
Master Wildlifer is designed for landowners, land managers, and outdoors recreationists who are interested in including wildlife considerations into their current land management activities. Practicing land managers will find the course valuable in highlighting alternative management approaches for wildlife in forest and farm settings. Special emphasis is placed on wildlife species (game species) that currently offer landowners additional sources of income through recreational access fees. Course participants will obtain the knowledge and necessary tools to enhance habitat for a variety of wildlife species that can be enjoyed themselves, family, friends, and anyone interested in wildlife.
The South Carolina New and Beginning Farmers Program (SCNBFP) is focused on enabling new and beginning farmers to be successful, productive, and innovative members of their local agricultural community. SCNBFP provides them tools, knowledge and skills necessary to be successful entrepreneurs; sound business managers; exemplary stewards of SWAPA (soil, water, air, plants, and animals), and successful marketers of the unique products they create. Participants develop a sense of pride as a result of their investment and participation in the agricultural community of South Carolina.
NxLevel for Agriculture Entrepreneurship is a step-by-step business planning program designed to help agricultural entrepreneurs begin, manage, and grow their business. This course targets entrepreneurs who have started or are thinking about starting an agricultural venture that is not tied to large-scale, commodity-style production. The materials are specifically designed for individuals who are pursuing innovative ideas and enhanced marketing opportunities in agriculture. This 10–session course is usually delivered over 12 weeks.
The South Carolina Women's Agricultural Network (SC WAgN) supports women in agriculture by providing positive learning environments, networking, and empowerment. The network is comprised of women farmers, agricultural professionals, agricultural educators, and informed consumers committed to supporting and providing educational opportunities to women working in agriculture and ag-related businesses.