Clemson Extension Strategic Plan 2020-2025

As part of Extension’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020, leadership has established a planning cycle whereby organization goals, objectives, and strategies are rewritten every five years and reviewed by a committee every two and one-half years. This document represents the starting point for the new planning cycle 2020-2025 and includes revisions to the material established in the previous plan. This planning approach ensures continuity of planning long-term toward achievement of organizational vision, mission, and a thorough review of previous organizational goals and objectives to inform the development of new or revised plans. 

To achieve the charge, the strategic planning committee required each of the nine Extension program teams to develop their own strategic plans using a provided template. While the team plans were being developed, input was solicited from both internal and external stakeholders to identify organizational efficiencies and programmatic needs. With this input, the committee identified common themes and priorities. Following a series of drafting sessions, this plan is the culmination of what was heard and is designed to move the organization forward into a new era of Extension outreach.


Clemson Extension will be the trusted source of unbiased research-based information relating to agriculture, community, environment, food, health, and youth in South Carolina.


We improve the economy, environment, and well-being of South Carolinians through the delivery of unbiased research-based information and education.

2020 to 2025 Organizational Goals

Clemson Cooperative Extension organizational goals align with the mission and vision of the organization and are primarily accomplished through the planning and work of Extension program teams.

  1. Improve agricultural systems in S.C. by providing educational programs and technical assistance to individuals employed in or supporting the agricultural industry.
  2. Improve the health and well-being of families and communities in S.C.
  3. Improve stewardship of natural resources and the environment.
  4. Educate and provide technical assistance to individuals, businesses, and communities on food safety, food quality, and food manufacturing.
  5. Develop citizenship, leadership, and life skills of youth through delivery of agriculture, food, natural resources, and STEAM educational programs.
  6. Promote professional growth and development of personnel.

Program Teams

4-H Youth Development - The 4-H Youth Development program empowers youth to become healthy, productive, and contributing members of society.

Agribusiness - The Agribusiness program provides information and education on the use of business and economic principles for making decisions involving agriculture, natural resources, and communities.

Agricultural Education - The Agricultural Education program provides educational programs for both youth and adults in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

Agronomic Crops - The Agronomic Crops program provides information on crop production that enables row crop producers to improve the sustainability of their operations.

Food Systems and Safety - The Food Systems and Safety program team provides educational information related to food systems (processing, packaging, distribution, and consumption of food) and food safety for the food industry and consumers.

Forestry and Wildlife Resources - The Forestry and Wildlife Resources program provides information to improve the quality and economic potential of land, timber, wildlife, and other natural resource pursuits.

Horticulture - The Horticulture program provides educational resources to improve the horticulture industry, communities, and quality of life for consumers.

Livestock and Forages - The Livestock and Forages program provides educational resources and programming to educate animal agriculture and forage producers.

Rural Health and Nutrition - Rural Health and Nutrition (RHN) focuses on health and nutrition, including topics related to nutrition, physical activity, and stress management for disease prevention, disease self-management, and overall quality of life through wellness.

Water Resources - The Water Resources program utilizes the expertise of faculty, agents, and staff in providing information that affects the availability and quality of water resources.