Agriculture in Newberry County
The Leadership Newberry County class has been meeting monthly since the fall of 2017. Through this immersive learning experience, program attendees focus each month on the various topics that play a part in making a county the sum of those parts. April's topic was Agriculture. With large industry often taking a front seat in the news, agriculture does not play a small part to the economic impact of Newberry County and South Carolina.
Ben Setzler of Setzler Farms shared with us that agriculture is SC's number one industry, accounting for a $41.7 billion impact on the state. Agriculture is Newberry County's number one industry, and our county ranks number one in dairy, eggs, and timber.
Recognizing the importance of this impact, the Chamber chose to participate in Clemson Extension's Ag + Art Tour of South Carolina in 2017. Coordinated by Clemson Extension, this Tour is the nation’s largest free, self-guided farm tour featuring local artisans and farmers markets. During this month-long event held each June, visitors have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase something special, and learn more about rural life.
Founded in York County in 2012, the tour expanded to include Lancaster County in 2013, Chester and Fairfield Counties in 2014, Union County in 2015, and Chesterfield, Darlington, Kershaw, and Horry County in 2016, and Newberry and Florence Counties in 2017 year. Spartanburg will also participate this year. Since its inception, the Tour has brought over 30,000 visitors through the participating counties.