“With the average age of South Carolina farmers now up to 59 years (old), we put our state’s largest industry at risk if we do not invest efforts into encouraging and training the next generation of successful agripreneurs,” agribusiness professor R. David Lamie, who manages the program, said. “At a time when consumer demand for local, high quality, nutritious farm products is on the rise, there is tremendous opportunity for rural economic development through a thriving local farm and food system.”