South Carolina Farm Bureau's annual meeting is coming up later this week at Kingston Plantation at Myrtle Beach. The meeting also includes SCFB's The Big Show, a trade show on the grounds of Kingston Plantation. South Carolina's Ag Commissioner, Hugh Weathers explains that the Department of Agriculture is very active with the Farm Bureau, with heavy participation in The Big Show, as well as participation in the meetings and seminars, learning what is important to farmers across the state.
“We like to highlight what our partners in agriculture do. With the Farm Bureau weekend coming up it will be our 70th annual. It’s really the start of the year to form the policies to help promote agriculture for the following year.
The meeting will bring 1200-1400 people. The reason it’s so well attended is the Farm Bureau is a great grass roots organization and they emphasize getting the inputs from every county across the state. This meeting is where those opinions come together.
Topics will come up that will affect every farmer in the state. There are always educational programs, but some of the topics will be immigration, pesticide issues and training, rural development, and taxes.
The Big Show will take place in conjunction with the meeting. A lot of good vendors that support agriculture will be there. There will be booths from the commodity boards, to certified SC grown and some other things that we do. Vendors from software, precision agriculture, all the way to tires and batteries. A great mix of people.
The SC Dept of Ag will have a big presence as well. We are supporting all of our partners in agriculture.”