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Agribusiness curriculum program seeks budding entrepreneurs

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The Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship, known as ACRE, in partnership with Clemson University Cooperative Extension, is accepting applications for the second annual curriculum program for agribusiness innovators.

The four-session program offers an overview of business planning and management, including planning, marketing, pricing, cost of production, profitability and financial statements. Participants also will pitch their business plans to an agribusiness panel for the opportunity to be awarded $5,000, according to a news release.

“The ACRE curriculum program introduces practices important to running any successful business, as well as some that are unique to agriculture,” Nathan Smith, Clemson extension economist and agribusiness program team leader, said in the release.

Program applications are available online and are due Oct. 1. Qualifying applicants must be South Carolina residents and have an agribusiness idea or product prototype. Individuals selected for the curriculum program must attend class sessions on Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. All classes will take place at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center at 900 Clemson Road in Columbia.

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