In addition to South Carolina, seven other states publish printed and or online versions of market bulletins. SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers says the South Carolina Market Bulletin is the oldest publication in those states that publish market bulletins or similar publications. A survey of advertisements disclosed that millions of dollars in land, farm labor, livestock, produce, farm macninery and hundreds of miscellaneous items are sold through each issue.
Non-farmers can find plants, flowers, seeds, and other items of interest to them as well. Also, news and information is disseminted particularlty to the agricultural community.
The Market Bulletin has long been a resource for economic stability, especially in rural communitites, and is a fairly good indicator of the status the agricultural economy.
There is no cost to advertise, but there is a small subscription fee of $10 per year for the twice-monthly publication. To learn more about advertising, subscribing, or reading on-line go to www.agriculture.sc.gove and click on the Market Bulletin