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Meet the Midlands innovative agribusinesses

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s ACRE awarded $200,000 in grants to 12 local agribusinesses, providing funding and professional support for their innovative projects.

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Blooms pop up in rows on Oswego’s Sumter County farm. | Photo via Oswego Flowers

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE) has awarded $200,000 in grants to 12 local businesses across the state as part of its Advanced Entrepreneurship program.

In addition to funding, awardees will receive access to a network of business advisers and assistance with state and federal grant applications.

Meet the Midlands awardees:

  • Bradford Farms (Sumter County) grows and markets heirloom crops like collards, watermelons, and sweet potatoes. The farm plans to use the grant for new machinery.
  • Crossroads Processing (Lexington County) was founded in 2022 and expanded from deer processing to livestock. The company aims increase direct to consumer processing.
  • Heartworks Farm (Lexington County) produces tomatoes, microgreens, and cut flowers with plans to build a multi-functional packing and processing building with educational space.
  • Oswego Flowers (Sumter County) specializes in unusual cut flower varieties and plans to buy a larger greenhouse for year-round production and wholesale.
  • Yon Family Farms (Saluda County) increased pecan yield through improved irrigation and plans to construct a new freezer space.