Let’s take a look at this new study that was released by SCDA entitled “Making Small Farms into Big Business”:
South Carolina Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers:
“The study reflects some of the collaboration because we worked with the Dept of Commerce and Coastal Conservation and Carolina Farm Stewardship and Farm Bureau to pull this information into this study. It says that there is a world of potential around food in SC. The study tells us how to provide those opportunities for more farmers in SC.
The suggestions involve getting food from the ground to a place. There is a lot of obstacles involved – financial, marketing, food safety and education are just some. It’s time to tackle those challenges with the people who have the resources to do it, like the Dept of Ag, Clemson University, Farm Bureau, etc. Now it’s the implementation time and the work starts.
Just a small increase of local people buying more local food can have a huge impact. There are four million South Carolinians and if each spends $5 more per week from a local supplier it’s a big difference, over a billion dollars. We want to see how much of that potential we can harness by getting a system in place that a farmer can take advantage and make that investment in their future.”