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Agriculture in South Carolina

With nearly 25,000 farms and 4.7 million acres of farmland, South Carolina is driven by agriculture. Agribusiness (agriculture + forestry) is the state’s No. 1 industry, accounting for 246,957 jobs and $46.2 billion in annual economic impact.

South Carolina’s Top 10 Agricultural Commodities

  1. Broilers | $979 million
  2. Turkeys | $500 million
  3. Corn | $168.8 million
  4. Cattle & Calves | $133.7 million
  5. Soybeans | $125.8 million
  6. Cotton | $109 million
  7. Chicken Eggs | $93 million
  8. Peanuts | $83.5 million
  9. Floriculture | $68.6 million
  10. Tobacco | $49 million

Sources: Census of Agriculture (USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, 2017); USDA Economic Research Service; The Economic Impact of Agribusiness in South Carolina and the Certified South Carolina Grown Campaign (Von Nessen, 2020)


About the Department

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture was established in 1879 to oversee and promote agriculture in the Palmetto State. With services as diverse as food safety inspections, entrepreneurship development, and the Certified South Carolina branding program, we help the state’s farmers and agribusinesses grow and prosper.



The mission of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture is to promote and nurture the growth and development of South Carolina’s agriculture industry and its related businesses while assuring the safety and security of the buying public.