Commissioner Hugh Weathers: South Carolina Farmers Appointed to USDA Fruit & Vegetable Advisory Committee

Commissioner Weathers is here to tell us about the two South Carolina Farmers that were appointed to the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Advisory Committee.

  • Twenty-five people have been appointed to the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee.
  • The newly appointed members will serve terms of up to two years beginning immediately and ending in 2020.
  • The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is proud to announce that two South Carolina farmers, Chalmers Carr and Charles Wingard, have been named to this committee.
  • Chalmers Carr is the owner and operator of Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, South Carolina. Titan Farms is a diverse family farm operation that focuses on growing peaches, broccoli, bell peppers, and egg plants.
  • “Chalmers Carr brings a tremendous business-like approach to the agricultural industry. Analyzing all opportunities, he has built Titan Farms into a very impressive operation. Chalmers will bring good advice from personal experience to the USDA Fruit & Veg Committee”
  • Charles Wingard is the Director of Field Operations for Walter P. Rawl & Sons in Pelion, South Carolina. Walter P. Rawl & Sons specializes in southern leafy greens such as, collards, kale, mustard & turnip greens.
  • “Charles Wingard sees the big picture in agriculture – from innovative farming practices to food safety impact to reactions in the marketplace. The USDA Fruit & Veg Committee will be well-served by Charles’ keen observations on many facets of the industry.”
  • Originally chartered in 2001, the FVIAC advises the Secretary of Agriculture on issues affecting the fruit and vegetable industry.
  • Committee members represent organic and non-organic growers, shippers, wholesalers, retailers, industry trade associations, importers, processors, foodservice suppliers, food brokers, state departments of agriculture and farmers markets; and represent local, regional and national levels.
  • “I look forward to having them as a resource for feedback and firsthand information to help us better understand the impact of USDA programs on farmers, ranchers, packagers, shippers and everyone involved in bringing quality food to American families and exporting American-grown products around the world,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.
  • More information about the committee is available on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee page on the AMS website, ams.usda.gov.