South Carolina Advantages

South Carolina has a long history of success in the agribusiness industry. The state offers diverse agricultural products, to include poultry, cotton, corn, soybeans, fruit, peanuts, cattle, wheat and leafy greens. In addition, forests cover over two-thirds of the state, contributing to a $17 billion forestry industry.

South Carolina agriculture and forestry have grown 23% since 2006 to have an annual economic impact of $41.7 billion and support 212,000 jobs.

South Carolina is comprised of excellent resources and incentives in the agribusiness industry, such as:

  • Availability of raw materials
  • Availability of affordable workforce with manufacturing skills
  • Adequate utility infrastructure, particularly water and wastewater
  • Efficient and comprehensive transportation infrastructure
  • Access to agriculture and food research and development
  • Proximity to customers and suppliers

30,000 people are employed in the agribusiness sector in South Carolina.

Workforce Education & Training

readySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina™
  • 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
Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
  • More than 2,700 graduate and undergraduate students
  • 20 academic programs ranging from Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences to Agricultural Mechanization and Business
  • Features statewide research, extension and regulatory programs in the agricultural and forestry industries
South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture (SCCSA) – Clemson University
  • Offers rising 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to explore agricultural and natural resources careers via a career and leadership development summer residential program at Clemson University
  • Informs, inspires and challenges student participants to consider a career in the agricultural, natural resource and life science industries
  • Offers academically focused curriculum primarily focused on Animal Sciences, Forestry, Wildlife & Environmental Sciences and Horticulture, Turfgrass & Soil Science
South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies – Clemson University
  • Pursues research projects in both renewable energy and food and agriculture
  • Programs identify critical industry issues, find potential solutions and share the information with farmers, foresters and land managers
  • Features the Waste-to-Energy facility, located on a Williamsburg County swine farm, which demonstrates potential of new energy technology to agricultural producers throughout the state
South Carolina Technical College System
  • Provides a variety of courses and degree programs related to the agribusiness industry, including Diversified Agriculture, Forestry Management Technology and Natural Resources Management
  • Partners with both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina to provide advanced training

Leading Agribusiness Industries in SC

CompanyCounty
Crescent Dairy & BeveragesColleton
First QualityAnderson
Georgia-Pacific CorporationAllendale
Georgia-Pacific CorporationNewberry
International PaperRichland
International PaperGeorgetown
International PaperGreenville
International PaperLaurens
International PaperLexington
International PaperNewberry
International PaperNewberry
International PaperSpartanburg
International PaperSumter
International PaperUnion
Kimberly-Clark CorporationAiken
Kraft FoodsNewberry
McCall FarmsFlorence
Perdue FarmsDillon
Pilgrims PrideSumter
Ruiz Food ProductsFlorence
Sonoco ProductsDarlington
Sonoco ProductsDarlington
Starbucks Coffee CompanyCalhoun
WeylChem U.S.Kershaw
South Carolina Electric Coop