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Agribusiness: South Carolina’s fastest-growing industry

By Lydia Cobb

(Reprinted, with permission, from 365° Total Marketing and Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce.)

The agriculture and forestry industries, together known as agribusiness, represent the largest economic sector in South Carolina, as well as the fastest-growing industries.

Why South Carolina? We have an amazing, ideal growing season with fertile soil and a milder climate. For farms in much of the U.S., the growing season ranges from three to four months. For approximately 10 percent of the nation, South Carolina included, our rural and urban farmers enjoy a six month-plus growing season. And, with relatively low-cost land, higher value crops are more easily grown here.

Agribusiness includes food processing, livestock and produce, wood, paper and forestry-related companies. 

Our state holds nearly 25,000 farms! This accounts for nearly 250,000 jobs and $46 billion in annual economic impact.

Get ready to pick, shuck, peel, kneel, sip, and savor fresh and locally grown here in Anderson County!

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Visit: and click on South Carolina, then Anderson County, as some farms do not maintain active websites.

  • Whitehall Produce (Anderson) strawberries

  • Hardy Berry Farm (Anderson) blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries

  • Callaham Orchards (Belton) strawberries

  • Barefoot Farms of Belton (Belton) beans, pears, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers

  • Antreville Farms + Flowers (Iva) corn, flowers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash

  • Anderson County Farmers Market Open June through November: Tue, Thu, Sat from 8 am-1 pm 402 N. Murray Avenue Anderson, SC 29621 anderson-county-farmers-market (864) 231-7275

  • Denver Downs Farm National Register of Historic Places, Garrison Farmstead Welcome to a South Carolina Century Farm owned and operated by the Garrison family of Anderson County since 1869. Enjoy a working farm devoted to agritourism and entertainment, with live music, annual corn maze, seasonal attractions, and much more. 1515 Denver Road Anderson, SC 29625 (864) 515-4554

  • Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences Clemson University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs related to the agribusiness industry. Programs include agricultural education, agricultural business, forest resources management, and food packaging science. | (864) 656-3013

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