SC Ag Commissioner on the Dean’s Summit on Ag

A very important agribusiness summit took place last week at Clemson, the Deans Summit for the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, brought together ag leaders from across the state.

“The focus was on how the College of Agriculture can serve SC better and how they can take input from the 75 folks attending and adjust the ways of doing business so that the students coming out of the college can be better prepared to enter ag in SC.

The thriving ag segments in SC are the ones that realize managing a farm is set upon managing inputs, finances, capital is critical. But now marketing has really taken on a very important role.

The average farmer is 59 years old, so my one thing is that we try to get the hurdles to being a participant in agriculture out of the way. Some of the hurdles are how to position the graduates and how to prepare their skill sets so that they can more easily accomplish those things.”
 


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