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South Carolina Commissioner's School for Agriculture

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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 2024 Dates:
July 20th - 26th.

Application are closed for 2024 program.

forestry students collecting samples by a stream

“I would do the entire week of SCCSA over again, a million times. I was able to make numerous professional connections, have a broader view of agriculture, and make livelong friendships!”

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

Alumni Information

Tabitha Swygert

Tabitha Swygert

Batesburg-Leesville High School

Growing up on a small family farming and becoming active in my high school’s FFA chapter I knew agriculture was going to be a big part of my future. I saw myself never being a part of any other industry. I got the opportunity to attend the Commissioners School for Agriculture at Clemson University as a rising junior in high school. I never would have imagined the impact of this opportunity I was given at 16 years old. Being able to network with other students that also had a passion for agriculture made me feel connected. The week opened my eyes to South Carolina’s agriculture industry with farm tours, hands-on learning labs, and being able to hear from all types of agriculturalists. The week also focused on Clemson University’s agricultural programs. The connection I made with the people at SCCSA and Clemson made a big impact on my college decision. I am currently a junior at Clemson University majoring in Agricultural Mechanization and Business. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had at SCCSA and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.

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