SC Commissioner Hugh Weathers: EPA Visits SC

The Environmental Protection Agency was in South Carolina last week visiting with Commissioner Hugh Weathers.

  • I was in York last week with EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary Walker, EPA agriculture advisor Susan Park, and SCDA Assistant Commissioner Aaron Wood.
  • Our agency and EPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding – a basis for future collaboration and understanding.
  • When it comes to protecting the environment, agriculture is part of the solution.
  • The agreement includes:
    • Education and outreach, like educational farm tours and ag roundtables
    • Recognizing farmers for their environmental stewardship and conservation efforts that contribute to efficient farms, healthy soils, and clean water.
    • Participating in agricultural events such as state fairs, farm shows, technical field days to expand open discussion between EPA and the agricultural community.
  • We discussed the recent dicamba ruling that has put many farmers in a tough position.
  • We also showed Mary Walker and Susan Park around York and Chester counties:
    • Sunny Day Farm in Chester – Amanda and Herby Lutz’s dairy
    • Cotton Hills Farm in Lowrys, SC, a diversified produce farm run by the Wilson family
    • Joey Wilson’s pecan orchard
    • Capped it off at Black’s Peaches with a lunch of burgers, cucumber-tomato salad, watermelon, and peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream churned right there next to my picnic table.
  • Relationships are important. We want farmers to have a seat at the table when their interests are being discussed, and this agreement helps us do that.