South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program Accepting Applications

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service’s South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program received a $600,000 grant from USDA-NIFA to support the program for the next three years. The program is an agribusiness public education program focused on enabling new and beginning farmers to be successful, productive, and innovative members of their local agricultural community by providing them with the tools, knowledge, and skills necessary to be successful entrepreneurs, sound business managers, exemplary stewards of the natural environment and successful marketers of the unique products they create. The SCNBFP Class of 2022 cohort program will run from May to August 2022 and includes a series of 10 core agribusiness workshops focused on farm business management. Topics include business concept and plan development, financial and risk management, legal and regulatory issues, marketing strategies, soil health and pest management, and an introduction to federal, state and local agricultural resources. Any legal resident of South Carolina, at least 18 years of age, who is just beginning to farm or who has actively farmed for less than 10 consecutive years is eligible to apply for the SCNBFP cohort program. The deadline to apply is February 20, 2022.