Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Meeting Season

In the ag community, January is often referred to as meeting season. Commissioner Weathers is here to tell us all about the happenings this new year.

  • Before farmers put seeds in the ground, they head over to meetings that concern the industry, some broadly covering agriculture as a whole, some specific to a commodity

Southeast Fruit and Vegetable Conference—Savannah, GA

  • January 10-13
  • Covers many states in the Southeast
  • South Carolina Peach Association is assisting this year with the peach track of the conference
  • Produce Safety training, tracks on various produce and veg, trade shows, and an industry round table discussion


Cotton Annual Meeting—Santee, SC

  • January 22


SC State Farmers Market Association Meeting—West Columbia, SC

  • January 22


SC AgriBiz and Farm Expo—Florence, SC

  • January 23-24
  • Seventh year
  • Few different tracks—Field Crops, Fruit and Veg, Women in Ag, Youth, Livestock
  • Annual Taste of SC on Wednesday night
  • SCCSA Breakfast Thursday morning


Peanut Annual Meeting—Santee, SC

  • January 24


SC Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference—Columbia, SC

  • January 25-27
  • This is for the farmers, ranchers, agribusiness professionals and ag enthusiasts between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Regulatory sessions, various workshops, networking sessions