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Sandhill Research and Education Center

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Sandhill Research and Education Center,

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Sandhill Research and Education Center
900 Clemson Road
Columbia, South Carolina 29229
P: (803) 788-5700

The Sandhill Research and Education Center (REC), located in Columbia, was established in 1926 for agricultural research in the primarily rural Sandhills region of South Carolina. As Richland County has grown, the focus of Sandhill REC has evolved to meet the changing needs of the state. Sandhill REC is committed to agribusiness, natural resources and environmental stewardship research and education. The Agribusiness Center houses the Extension Agribusiness Team that meets the increasing need for sound marketing, financial and risk management and production decision tools in the state. Research is focused on long leaf pine, invasive species, wildlife habitat and specialty crops such as peaches and blueberries as well as agronomic and cover crops. Sandhill is also home to the Incubator Farm program which allows entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn and develop their own farming operation.

The 570-acre campus is home to a variety of Clemson departments and initiatives. Richland County Extension, Department of Pesticide Regulation, Richland County 4-H, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Programs (EFNEP), and Richland County Master Gardeners are all housed on-site.


sandhill research and education center
  • 570 acres of land
  • 3 Ponds
  • 2 greenhouses + 1 headhouse
  • 4 Public meeting spaces
  • Agribusiness Center
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Sandhill REC Highlights

Research Focus

  • Agribusiness
  • Agronomic Crops
  • Specialty Crops
  • Irrigation Technology
  • Incubator Farm
  • Forestry and Wildlife

Community Outreach

  • Sandhill Children’s Garden
  • Sandhill Fish Club
  • 50 Acres of Walking Trails
  • Group Tours
  • Forest and Wildlife Field Day
  • Richland County Extension
  • School Days Early Childhood Ag Education
  • High School and Collegiate Cross Country


  • USDA - Rural Development
  • SC Soybean Board
  • SC Tobacco Board
  • SC Department of Agriculture
  • SC Forestry Commission
  • SC Cotton Board

State-Wide Research Collaborations

Six Research and Education Centers are a network of centers located strategically throughout the state according to the state’s soil and climate regions that support and encourage associations between Clemson Agricultural Experiment Station, Clemson Cooperative Extension, and various industries. Researchers work to find solutions to the world’s challenges in how to feed a growing global population, conserve natural resources, enhance the vibrancy of the state’s agricultural and natural resources economies, and assist not only South Carolinians but also globally to improve the quality of life.

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    Sandhill Research and Education Center
    Sandhill Research and Education Center | 900 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229