The Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE) is now accepting applications for its spring entrepreneurship program.

The program is aimed at entrepreneurs in farming and related fields who would benefit from business mentoring, targeted funding, and access to grant consultants. Applicants selected to participate could receive up to $25,000 for their company or product.

Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers said the program has yielded positive results thus far. "In the three years since we launched ACRE, we’ve seen several exciting agribusiness ideas become reality," he said. Weathers added that he is proud to have a role in helping innovators create new opportunities for South Carolina farmers.

The program application requires a business plan and a prototype or sales history for the applicant’s company or product. Applicants must be a resident of South Carolina.

Applications for the entrepreneurship are available at and are due by May 1, 2020. More information is available online, or those interested can contact Kyle Player at (803) 734-2324.

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