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South Carolina Commissioner's School for Agriculture

group photo of student counselors for the 2022 south carolina commissioner's school for agriculture

SCCSA is a premier career and leadership development summer program. This program is designed to inform, inspire and challenge student participants to consider a career in the agricultural, natural resource and life science industries as well as to be model citizens of leadership and influence for these industries as they embrace an agriculturalist philosophy.

Emphasis Areas Include:

  • Livestock Production
  • Forestry & Natural Resources
  • Plant Science


  • Currently a high school student in 10th or 11th grade on track to enter 11th or 12th grade. (Homeschooled students are eligible)
  • Genuine interest in pursuing a college degree related to agriculture and natural resources.
  • Must not have previously attended the South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture.

Summer 2023 Dates:
July 22nd - 28th
Applications are now closed for 2023 program

forestry students collecting samples by a stream

“My experience at SCCSA was eye opening, confirming of what I want to do, and one of the best weeks ever.”

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Help us continue to keep costs to participants at a minimum by contributing to the SCCSA.

Alumni Information

Lance brown, Wagener Salley High

Lance Brown

Wagener Salley High

All my life, I have grown up on a fifth-generation family farm. Agriculture has always been a passion of mine and something I want pursue for the rest of my life. When asked if I wanted to apply to attend South Carolina Commissioner's School for Agriculture there wasn't a doubt in my mind I wanted to go. Although this was right after the Covid-19 pandemic and we were limited to only three days in person, I wouldn't trade those days for anything. It was the 29 other SCCSA participants, I went with in those three days that made it such an amazing experience. Many of those people I go to Clemson University with now. The South Carolina Commissioner's School for Agriculture is and will always be one of my favorite experiences and I would recommend it to anyone.

Our Sponsors

The SCCSA would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to the numerous sponsors that have supported the SCCSA in various ways over its 18-year history. The support of these organizations and individuals demonstrates a visionary commitment to agriculture today and tomorrow. Each donation creates opportunities for high school students to explore their dreams and interest in careers that support our vital industries of agriculture, forestry and the natural resources.

Questions? Email Maddy Cutts
collection of logos from the 7 sponsors who financially support the south Carolina commissioner school for agriculture including Agsouth farm credit aca, South Carolina peanut board, South Carolina advocates for agriculture, South Carolina watermelon association, beef plus South Carolina beef council, South Carolina pork board, South Carolina Soybean board, South Carolina peach council, South Carolina farm bureau, South Carolina cotton board
South Carolina Commissioner's School for Agriculture
South Carolina Commissioner's School for Agriculture | F153 Poole Agricultural Center, Clemson, SC 29634