Land Use

Peanut plant

 Peanut plant. South Carolina farmers grew an estimated 35,000 acres of peanuts in 2009. Image from the USDA, Agriculture Research Service.

Learn how the people of South Carolina use the land to grow crops, mine minerals, and fish in the rivers.

  • Commodity Map
    This colorful map shows the major commodities grown around the state. What does your county produce?
  • A Look at South Carolina Agriculture
    These fast facts will have you knowing about South Carolina’s agriculture in no time!
  • Operation Peanut Butter
    Learn more about peanuts and test your skills to earn jars of peanut butter.
  • Forestry Tools
    Forestry is a big business in South Carolina. Learn about some of the equipment used to measure and maintain forests.
  • Kings Mountain Farm
    Explore this reproduction farm in York County. The farm house, barn, smokehouse, and other buildings are typical of a Piedmont farm in the 1850s.
  • The Modern Dairy Farm
    Watch this video about how a dairy farm works.
  • Poultry DISCUS 
    Poultry farms grow chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys to provide us with meat and eggs.
  • Tobacco DISCUS
    Tobacco is one of the largest cash crops in South Carolina.

Mining

  • Mining Maps of SC
    These maps show where minerals in South Carolina are mined.
  • Kaolin
    Kaolin is a type of clay mined in South Carolina that is used in paint and paper production.
  • Blue Granite 
    Learn more about South Carolina's state stone.

Water

Web of Water
Web of Water Follow Ian Sanchez as he kayaks from the mountain to the sea!

  • Making Fishnets
    Watch this video on how to knit fishnets to catch fish and shrimp.
  • RiverVenture
    Explore the cultural and natural landscape of rivers in Columbia and Charleston.
  • Web of Water
    Follow Ian Sanchez as he kayaks from the mountain to the sea!
  • Shrimp DISCUS
    Shrimp boats along the South Carolina coastline catch shrimp to sell.