The national Cooperative Extension Service engages citizens to improve economic development and quality of life by delivering research-based information in agriculture, natural resources, food safety and nutrition, economic and community development, and 4-H youth development.
The 1890 Extension Program offers the majority of outreach programs and services to the citizens of South Carolina on behalf of SC State University. Extension’s programs provide life long learning opportunities that help rural and urban limited-resource clients improve their level and quality of living.
The South Carolina Department of Commerce promotes economic opportunity for individuals and businesses. From assisting with the location of new sites and buildings, offering grants for community development and infrastructure improvement, to providing workforce training, the Department of Commerce is here to help new and existing businesses grow.
South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote and nurture the growth and development of South Carolina's agriculture industry and its related businesses while assuring the safety and security of the buying public.
The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.
The North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) is a regional economic development organization that serves a nine-county region in the northeast corner of South Carolina.
The SouthernCarolina Alliance is the regional economic development organization representing the Southern Carolina region of South Carolina.
Sales & Distribution
GrowFood Carolina is revitalizing the local food system by providing essential aggregation, marketing, distribution, and logistical support to local growers.
Home to the Southeast’s deepwater port, the South Carolina Ports Authority is the industry leader in productive operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility.
Wholesalers and Retailers
South Carolinians spend over $1 billion on local food from roadside stands, farmers markets and grocery stores each year. The following are the palmetto state’s major wholesalers and retailers:
Piggly Wiggly Carolina
Senn Brothers Produce
The team at ArborOne is made up of financial professionals who understand agriculture and country living. We’re federally chartered, but locally operated by people you know and trust.
AgSouth Farm Credit is one of the strongest lending cooperatives in the southeast with 24 offices serving 59 Georgia counties and 34 South Carolina counties. We provide a number of financial services for agribusinesses and farm families, including loans for real estate, agriculture, rural homes, automobiles, equipment, buildings and commercial operations. We also offer leasing and crop and life insurance for your protection and peace of mind.
AgFirst Farm Credit Bank provides funding and financial services to 19 Agricultural Credit Associations (ACAs) in 15 eastern states and Puerto Rico. These associations, operating as Farm Credit and Ag Credit associations, provide real estate and production financing to more than 80,000 farmers, agribusinesses, and rural homeowners.
Wells Fargo supports America’s crop producers and agricultural professionals with a full range of specialized products and standard banking services to help you succeed.
Bank of America-a preferred lender of the Farm Service Agency (FSA)-can help you finance agricultural equipment, land and production expenses.
Anson Mills produces artisan mill goods from organic heirloom grains for wholesale and retail markets.
W. P. Law, Inc. is one of the Southeast's leading suppliers of fluid handling equipment for farmers, contractors, and industries. Founded in 1970 in Lexington, South Carolina, we now have seven locations throughout the state. Our reputation is built upon our ability to find economical solutions to customer's needs, no matter how unusual.
Innovation has left as much of a mark on agriculture as it has any industry. Technology has made the farming industry more and more efficient each year with equipment designed to address the needs of the American farmer. The following is a list of equipment providers that can assist you with you equipment needs:
Blanchard Equipment Co.
James River Equipment
Pioneer Farm Equipment
Southeast Farm Equipment Co.
Dillon Tractor & Implement Co.
Sparrow & Kennedy Tractor Co.
Wilson Tractor Inc
SC Farm Bureau is a grassroots, non-profit organization celebrating and supporting family farmers, locally grown food, and our rural lands through legislative advocacy, education, and community outreach.
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a farmer-driven, membership-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic foods by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic agriculture.
Their key program areas are:
- Food Systems
- Farm Services
The SC Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crop Association (SCFVSCA) supports promotional, research, and educational efforts for improving the marketing and quality of production of fresh fruit, vegetable, and specialty crops grown in South Carolina. The Association works with any and all grower groups, government agencies, public universities, elected officials, and other public and private organizations or businesses to promote the best interest of fresh fruit, vegetable and specialty crops in South Carolina from production to consumption.