Growing a new generation of farmers

By Peter Hull

As of 2007, the average age of South Carolina farm operators was 59; only 38% of farmers were under 55 and only 11% were under 45.

A statewide multi-agency partnership is working to sustain South Carolina’s largest industry and foster development of new and innovative techniques by next-generation farmers. 

“The New and Beginning Farmer initiative provides the tools, knowledge and skills necessary for successful entrepreneurs,” said program leader David Lamie, an economist at the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development in Columbia.

Partners include Lowcountry Local First, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, S.C. Department of Agriculture, S.C. Farm Bureau, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency.

For information: David Lamie, 803-699-3182,