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The study lists three agricultural sectors as having higher than a $1 billion economic output: poultry processing ($2.38 billion), landscaping and horticultural services ($1.27 billion) and poultry and egg production ($1.12 billion). 

Forestry has a $16.24 billion effect. 

It also indicates that four sectors of the forestry industry have an economic input over $1 billion: paperboard mills ($2.28 billion), paperboard container manufacturing ($1.86 billion), sanitary paper manufacturing ($1.62 billion) and papermills ($1.37 billion). 

In terms of employment, agribusiness is responsible for 246,957 jobs and $9.6 billion in labor income. 

The employment is also broken into direct, indirect and induced effects. 

Those include 128,834 people employed directly, 65,763 employed indirectly and 52,000 employed by induced industries. 

The income is broken down similarly: direct ($4.83 billion), indirect ($3.07 billion) and induced ($1.75 billion). 

The study also found that South Carolinians purchased $176.3 million more from South Carolina farmers in 2018 than they did in 2010 across all Certified South Carolina food categories.

Launched in 2007, Certified South Carolina is a cooperative effort among producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture to promote South Carolina food products.

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