SC Commissioner Weathers: ACRE Curriculum Applications

The Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship is now accepting applications for its fall program.

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE) partners with Clemson Cooperative Extension on the annual curriculum program.

This is a program for beginning agribusiness innovators in South Carolina.

The curriculum is taught by Clemson agribusiness faculty and spans five two-hour virtual sessions and an online Pitch Day.

It offers an overview of business planning and management, including pre-planning, marketing, pricing, cost of production, profitability and financial statements.

Participants will have the opportunity to pitch their business plan to a panel of judges for the chance to be awarded one of five $5,000 grants.

This is a free but competitive program – spots are limited.

Applications are due Sept. 6 and can be found at acre-sc.com under Programs.

Qualifying applicants must be South Carolina residents and have an agribusiness idea, product prototype or agribusiness. Priority is given to applicants from rural counties or agribusinesses that would positively impact rural counties.

The agribusiness curriculum program is one of two annual programs offered by ACRE. The Advanced Program, for established agribusiness entrepreneurs, awarded seven South Carolina agribusinesses a share of $150,000 in funding earlier this year.

For more information, contact Kyle Player, ACRE Executive Director, 803-734-2324 or kplayer@scda.sc.gov.