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ACRE Program Offers Training in Agribusiness Development > Columbia Business Report

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Center for Agribusiness Research and Entrepreneurship partners with Extension of the Clemson cooperative to accept applications for the fifth annual South Carolina Agribusiness Innovators Curriculum.

The program is taught by Clemson’s Faculty of Agribusiness and includes five two-hour virtual classes beginning September 27 and an online presentation day scheduled for November 15.

Participants receive an overview of business planning and management, including pre-planning, marketing, pricing, cost of production, profitability, and financial statements. They will also have the opportunity to pitch their business plan to a jury for a chance to receive one of five $5,000 grants.

“Our ACRE program teaches the basics of running a business, is tailored specifically to agribusinesses, and taught by people who know food and farming,” said Kyle Player, Executive Director of ACRE.

The program is free, but places are limited. Applications must be received by September 6 and can be found on the ACRE website under Programs. Eligible applicants must be residents of South Carolina and have an agribusiness idea, product prototype, or agribusiness. Priority is given to applications from rural counties or agribusinesses that would have a positive impact on rural counties.

For more information, contact Kyle Player at (803) 734-2324 or [email protected] or Nathan Smith, Clemson Agribusiness Program Team Leader, at (803) 788-5700 or [email protected] .

Contact Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.