South Carolina Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers says that SCDA is offering a training session on February 27th at the Phillips Marketing Center at the State Farmers' Market in West Columbia to help market agriculture products.
The training will address challangesfacing small farmers and producers working to develop relationships with retaurants, wholesalers and the food service industry.
If you're considering ways to expand your market, the SC Market Ready trainin gwill be a valuable tool for that process. The cost is $60 and does include take-away materials and lunch.
To register visit www.agriculture.sc.gov and look for SC Market Ready Training under the Hot Topics button.
“The Certified SC Grown program has been very effective. We are seeing tremendous increases by some of our members in their sales opportunities. The more we get into it, the more we feel there is fine tuning that is our responsibility to help our members – find new markets and get across some of the hurdles. We have a program called SC Market Ready. We will have a seminar later this month on Feb 27. We will have a good collaboration between ourselves, Clemson, NRCS and others. We will work though issues like product selection, packaging, regulation, marketing and communications, as well as the financials. Things that when any small farmer is thinking about the next step, these are the kinds of things they need to think through.”