Steven Richards

Agribusiness Extension Associate
Agribusiness Program Team, Beaufort County Cooperative Extension Office

Office: Beaufort County Extension Office
Phone: 843-473-6024


 Educational Background

MBA Business Administration
Antioch University 1996

MS Agricultural Economics
Ohio State University 1998

BS Food Science and Nutrition
Ohio State University 1992


Steve Richards is an Agribusiness Extension Associate with the Extension Agribusiness Program Team. Steve works mainly with producers and value added agricultural businesses in the low country but has statewide responsibilities in agribusiness management, marketing, and finance. Steve’s home office is the Beaufort County Extension Office.

Steve’s work experience began in quality assurance and production management for food processing firms in the Midwest. Next, he worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension, authoring many business planning workbooks and consulting with hundreds of agricultural businesses on topics such as profitability improvement, business expansion, business financing, and succession planning. In his more recent roles, Steve has consulted for Farm Credit East and worked with agricultural entrepreneurs in the Finger Lakes food, wine, and tourism region.

 Extension and Outreach

Business Planning, Feasibility Studies, Benchmarking and Key Performance Indicators, Business Startups, Business Expansions, Value Added Agriculture, and Specialty Crop Marketing