Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Advocates for Agriculture 2019

South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture held a reception last week to honor three men who are committed to agriculture in the state. Commissioner Weathers was at the reception, and he’s here to tell us more about it.

  • Advocates for Agriculture was founded 14 years ago.
  • It helps raise private money for causes including Plant It Forward SC, SC Commissioner’s School for Agriculture, FFA, 4-H, and Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom.
  • The board includes public and private agriculture organizations and producers from across the state. I serve as one of several advisors to the board.
  • This annual award usually goes to two people each year, one from the private sector and one from the public sector.
  • This year, we have three honorees.
  • We’re honoring both Swink brothers, Marion Swink and Henry Swink, who co-own the food processing company McCall Farms.
  • McCall owns nationally recognized Southern canned food brands like Glory Foods, Margaret Holmes, Peanut Patch, Veg-All, and Bruce’s Yams.
  • They have a 900,000 square foot facility in Florence County and employ more than 1,000 people.
  • Both men are very active in their communities.
  • From the public sector, we are honoring state Senator Paul Campbell. The senator represents Berkeley County and parts of Dorchester and Charleston counties. He’s been a senator since 2007 and always a friend to agriculture, but this past session he took over as chairman of the senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
  • If you want to get involved, you can visit scadvocates4ag.org for more information.