SC Commissioner Hugh Weathers: ACRE Curriculum Program

The Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE) is now accepting applications for the third annual curriculum program for agribusiness innovators. Here to tell us more is SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers.

  • We founded ACRE three years ago to boost research and entrepreneurship in SC agriculture.
  • Identifying and nurturing innovation is critical to the future of SC agribusiness.
  • The curriculum program is SCDA’s way of helping local farms and agribusinesses attain their business goals and acquire new skills as well as funding.
  • This is a partnership with Clemson Cooperative Extension.
  • The program offers an overview of business planning and management, including pre-planning, marketing, pricing, cost of production, profitability and financial statements.
  • Participants also pitch their business plans to an agribusiness panel for the opportunity to be awarded $5,000 ($25,000 total in awards).
  • Program applications are due Sept. 28 and can be found at acre-sc.com.
    • Qualifying applicants must be South Carolina residents and have an agribusiness idea or product prototype.
    • Individuals selected for the curriculum program must attend virtual class sessions in October and November and the virtual pitch day on Dec. 8.
  • The agribusiness curriculum program is the second track offered by ACRE’s Entrepreneurship Center. The first track, for established agribusiness entrepreneurs, was completed in June, with seven South Carolina entrepreneurs selected for funding and business development.
  • For more information, contact Kyle Player, ACRE Executive Director, 803-734-2324 or kplayer@scda.sc.gov.