Overview of Clemson Public Service Activities

Clemson Public Service Activities include four central units and numerous centers, institutes, and research/outreach facilities. The central units are:

  • Experiment Station
  • Extension Service
  • Livestock-Poultry Health Programs
  • Regulatory Services

Other services are:

  • Core Services
  • Research facilities
  • Outreach facilities
  • Broadcast programs

Core Services

Cooperative Extension Service

Transfers science-based information to individuals, groups and communities, and helps them apply that information to improve their quality of life. Extension agents serve each of South Carolina’s 46 counties.

Experiment Station

Develops relevant, unbiased, research-based knowledge for agriculture, natural resources and rural communities to enhance economic development. Research is conducted in laboratories, farms, and forests on the Clemson campus and at five research and education centers strategically located in the state’s distinct soil and climate regions.

Livestock-Poultry Health Programs

Ensures the health and safety of livestock/poultry industries and companion animals, and protects the food supply and public health of South Carolinians. The program includes three service areas:  diagnostic laboratory, animal health programs, and meat and poultry inspection.

Regulatory Services

Protects the environment and the food supply by ensuring the safe, effective use of fertilizers and pesticides, and the quality of seeds and plants grown in the state; analyzes soil samples and plant pest samples and makes recommendations for maximum productivity; and conducts programs that prevent agroterrorism.


Research Facilities

Archbold Tropical Research & Education Center

Conducts applied research and outreach on advancing economic and community development through environmental conservation. The center acts as a liaison for scientists interested in research, and develops educational programming and partnerships with local communities. Situated on 198 acres of richly diverse land, the center is located on the island of Dominica in the West Indies.

Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology & Forest Science

Conducts research and education programs focused on the ecology and management of the natural resources of the coastal region of South Carolina for the betterment of the state’s citizens. The institute is situated on more than 700 acres in Georgetown, SC, and conducts research on more than 80,000 acres of coastal forest through public and private partnerships.

Biosystems Research Complex

Fosters research programs to accelerate the discovery and application of economically significant genetic technologies in agriculture, the environment and human health. The complex includes laboratory, greenhouse, and headhouse facilities on Clemson University’s campus to support research and education in biosystems technology. The component facilities of the complex provide more than 164,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research, demonstration and office space.

Clemson Experimental Forest

Includes 17,500 acres of mixed hardwood and pine forest dedicated to education, research and demonstration to develop and apply best management practices for timber, wildlife habitat and natural resources conservation. These resources include clean air, clean water, abundant wildlife, recreation opportunities and forest products.

Coastal Research & Education Center

Conducts applied research and outreach on vegetable and specialty crop production with an emphasis on the effects of plant-based foods on human health and nutrition. The center includes 325 acres for field work in addition to laboratories in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Vegetable Laboratory. Research focuses on developing production, and post-harvest methodology and pest management, the center offers instruction and experience to graduate students and collaboration with scientists

Edisto Research & Education Center

Conducts applied research and outreach on sustainable crop and livestock production systems, including row crops, vegetables, and beef cattle. Situated on 2,354 acres that include most of the major soil types of the upper Coastal Plain, the center aids citizens, researchers, students, and faculty in finding better ways to grow and harvest crops, raise beef cattle and conserve natural resources.

Pee Dee Research & Education Center

Conducts applied research and outreach on row crops with an emphasis on enhancing crops through biotechnology. Bordering South Carolina’s Florence and Darlington counties, this 2,300 acre facility focuses on the major field crops in this section of the coastal plain, along with environmental, wildlife, and ecological studies.

Research Farm Services

Supports agricultural research, teaching, and public service activities. Farms include facilities for aquaculture, beef and dairy cattle, horses, poultry, swine, fruit, and field crops.

Sandhill Research & Education Center

Conducts applied research and outreach on agribusiness, economic and community development, and environmental stewardship. The center’s faculty builds the collaborations needed to identify and address the state’s opportunities and challenges for the 21st century.


Broadcast Programs

Expeditions with Patrick McMillan

Produces and delivers information to increase awareness of environmental issues and conservation via public television. The show explains the importance of creating a sustainable environment for nature and humans, and illustrates the global connections of South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources.

Making It Grow

Produces and delivers research-based horticulture and home gardening information via public television. The show features timely, regional information, live question and answer segments, and a highly interactive website.