SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers

Certified SC Grown Celebrates 10 Years

On May 3rd, the Certified SC Grown program celebrated 10 years, and with over 2,000 members to date, SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers says you don’t have to look hard to find a Certified SC Grown product. Members are large

Avian Influenza Update

Several states in close proximity to South Carolina have had case of avian influenza this year, both high-path and low-path. South Carolina’s ag commissioner, Hugh Weathers explains that while the majority of the cases have been of the low-path variety,

Waste Pesticide Collections

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture, along with ECOFLO are hosting two pesticide disposal events, one this coming Saturday, April 29th, at the White Knoll High School from 9:00 to 1:00 pm in Lexington.  The second is Saturday, May 13th

Make Sure You’re Counted

Once every five years, the USDA-National Ag Statistics Service conducts a census of America’s farms and ranches. South Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Hugh Weathers says this is a complete count of America’s farms and ranches, and the data compiled goes into

South Carolina Producers to Plant More Soybeans

In late March, the USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service released their Planting Intentions Report, a report comprised of interviews of producers across the nation to determine what their plans are for the 2017 growing season. In South Carolina, producers are

Sweet Potato Quarantine Lifted

South Carolina’s Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers is pleased to announce that part of the 20+ year old sweet potato quarantine has been lifted in two South Carolina counties. In the early 1990’s North Carolina declared an exterior quarantine on sweet

Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off and Festival

South Carolina Department of Agriculture just completed the 6th annual Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off this past weekend at the State Farmers Market in Columbia. This year there were 41 cook teams from across the southeast and they slow cooked nearly

South Carolina Peach Crop all but Wiped Out By Last Week’s Freeze

South Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Hugh Weathers reports that last week’s freezes have all but wiped out the state’s 2017 peach crop.  Warm weather earlier in the season pushed the crop ahead by as much as four weeks in areas, which

SC Farm Link Connects Landowners and Farm Seekers

SFN’s Bruce Ferrell talks with SC Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers about South Carolina Farm Link, a program facilitating conversations between farm owners and farm seekers.

What’s Happening to Winter?

South Carolina’s Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers has been talking with fruit producers around the state, and hearing their concerns on the lack of winter this year. Many peach growers are saying that their trees are breaking dormancy and blooming, some