Agribusiness is South Carolina’s most profitable industry. In 2013, agribusiness brought in a collective $41.7 billion for the state. To increase the economic impact of agribusiness in SC, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, the Palmetto AgriBusiness Council, and the South Carolina Farm Bureau implemented the 50 by 20 plan. The goal of the 50 by 20 plan is to increase the returns of agribusiness to $50 billion by the year 2020.
The Advanced Plant Technology Program (APT Program), founded in 2012, is assisting in the plan.
The APT Program is enhancing crops in South Carolina by producing plant varieties that are superior in performance to older varieties. Our researchers are studying all aspects of crop production, from the plants to the pests. We utilize advanced techniques in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, and robotics. We also provide research-based information to growers so that they can produce crops more efficiently.
Our dynamic list of goals:
We are seeking partners! If you’re committed to advancing agriculture in South Carolina and the southeastern United States, please join us!
Learn more about how you can support national agricultural research and education here.