As most of us know the United State Department of Agriculture houses many different agencies, but the non-farming public doesn’t always understand that. Emily Bonilla, district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Orangeburg County, SC, and Loretta Young, with USDA in South Carolina manned USDA’s large booth in the Cantey Building at the South Carolina State Fair to help demonstrate that even if you’re not a farmer, USDA touches your life almost every day, from the water you drink to the food you eat:
“The USDA Agencies gather together to have a booth in conjunction with the Farm Service Agency Rural Development, The Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the National Agriculture Service.
We have quite a few handouts and many are geared toward children. We believe that education will bring us to a better position in the future. We also talk about the top producing counties in South Carolina.
We want to give out information about our agencies. A lot of people think of USDA as only meat producers, so we want them to know that there are other things under the USDA umbrella.”
USDA’s booth can be found in the Cantey Building at the South Carolina State Fair through Sunday in Columbia.