Agribusiness represent the largest economic sector in South Carolina, as well as the Palmetto State’s fastest-growing industries. Contributing an annual economic impact of more than $46 billion and accounting for 246,000 direct jobs statewide, agriculture products and food production is the true homegrown industry of South Carolina. The climate in South Carolina is perfect for new or expansion of any agricultural operations.
- 246,957 jobs directly supported by South Carolinas agribusiness industry
- 11% of South Carolinas total economic output is attributed to agribusiness
- One of South Carolinas fastest growing industries with a 25% growth rate over the past 10 years.
- #1 industry in South Carolina
- $46.2 billion total Economic Impact
Leading Agribusinesses in SC
Use this interactive map to learn more about the agribusiness industry in South Carolina, and to explore the clusters created by our state’s skilled workforce, strategic infrastructure, low cost of business, and attractive quality of life.
Workforce Education & Training
- Provides skills and technical training to employees of new and expanding businesses in South Carolina
- Works closely with new companies to provide the recruiting, training and workforce development tools and assistance they need to get up and running
- Helps a company’s workforce continue to grow by guiding companies through the registered apprenticeship process from initial information to full recognition in the National Registered Apprenticeship System
- Websites: ReadySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina
- The South Carolina Department of Agriculture was established in 1879 to oversee and promote agriculture in the Palmetto State. With services as diverse as food safety inspections, entrepreneurship development, and the Certified South Carolina branding program, we help the state’s farmers and agribusinesses grow and prosper.
- Website: SC Dept. of Ag.
- SCCSA is a premier career and leadership development summer program. This program is designed to inform, inspire and challenge student participants to consider a career in the agricultural, natural resource and life science industries as well as to be model citizens of leadership and influence for these industries as they embrace an agriculturalist philosophy.
- Website: South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture
- The South Carolina Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe (JDLH) is a state-funded, public, residential high school focused on providing a unique and challenging agricultural education program. Our school, the first statewide program of its kind in the nation, will allow students to receive hands-on training in the fields of agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, land management, food science, and more – all aimed at assessing the needs of modern farms.
- Website: South Carolina Governor’s School for Agriculture