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New agriculture initiative aimed at helping farmers grow their business


AT THE TOP. THERE YOU WILL FIND SCORES AND UPDATES AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM GAMES ALL OVER THE AREA. YOU WILL NOT MISS A THING. EVEN WITH BIG-NAME COMPANIES LIKE BMW AND BOEING, AGRICULTURE IS SOUTH CAROLINA’S LARGEST INDUSTRY. THERE MORE THAN 25,000 FARMS IN THE STATE BUT IT’S ALSO A DIFFICULT INDUSTRY TO GET INTO AND SUSTAIN. THAT IS WHY THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE STARTED A NEW AGE TO HELPING FARMERS. GEORGIAREE GODFREY HAS MORE DETAILS ON THE PROGRAM. IT IS CALLED A BUSINESS FOR RESEARCH SHIP AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP. NEW INITIATIVE HERE IN THE STATE TO HELP THOSE INTERESTED IN THE INDUSTRY TRANSFORMING THE BUDDING FARMERS. I DID NOT FARM GIRL. HAVE A BUSINESS DEGREE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THIS IS NOT MY BACKGROUND BUT SHE SOLD ME ON IT. CAROLINA PROTESTER SEVEN YEARS AGO WAS ALICIA HOLBROOK’S DREAM. HOME TO MORE THAN TWO DOZEN ALPACAS AND LLAMAS. CAROLINAS DRY PASTORS USES IT FROM THE ANIMALS TO MAKE RETAIL PRODUCTS. THE FORM ALSO OFFERS EDUCATIONAL TOURS. WE STARTED LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN HELP CHILDREN UNDERSTAND AS WELL AS ADULTS TOO WOULD YOU CAN HARVEST FROM AN ANIMAL ENTERED INTO A DIFFERENT THING. IN AREA HOLBROOK HAS BEEN ABLE TO GROW WITH THE HELP OF A NEW INITIATIVE BY THE STATE. GOING FROM 400 STUDENTS LAST YEAR TO CLOSE TO 1100 THIS YEAR. AND THEY HELPED YOU TO THOSE AND SEE THE REALITY BEHIND IT. PUTTING NUMBERS ON A PIECE OF PAPER. WHO ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS GOING TO BE. IS THERE A MARKET HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. IT STANDS FOR THE AGRIBUSINESS CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP. A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE EXTENSION SERVICE. IT HELPS FARMERS GROW THEIR BUSINESS. BY STARTING THESE AGRIBUSINESSES THEY DO NOT HAVE ANYWHERE TO GO GET SPECIFIC HELP FOR AGRICULTURE AND WE ARE REALLY FOCUSED ON HEY, WE WANT TO HELP THESE FOLKS GET OFF THE GROUND OR TAKE THEIR BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL. THE PROGRAM HAS $125,000 TO DISTRIBUTE. APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEXT SESSION OF THE PROGRAM ARE DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF OCTOBER. REPORTING, GEORGIAREE GODFREY, 7 IS. YOU HAVE TO LOVE THOSE ANIMALS. THE PROGRAM IS OPEN UP TO ANY SUCCULENT RESIDENT AND YOU HAVE HAPPEN AGRIBUSINESS IDEA OR PROTOTYPE TO APPLY. THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY RUNS AND $42 BILLION TO THE PALMETTO STATE.

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