The inaugural South Carolina Agribiz & Farm Expo wrapped up on Friday in Florence. Jody Martin, key player on the planning committee for the Agribiz and Farm Expo recaps the week with Southern Farm Network’s Bob Midles:
“We had a great event. As any first time you see things to make better. We got great response from our vendors. We had a good quality group of growers to come through. At this point we are getting input from all of the people involved so we can makes tweeks for the next show. We already have the dates set for that. There was a lot of knowledge shared and a lot of information shared, and the exhibitors made good connections.
For next year, we don’t know the exact dates but it will be the same time of year.
When we look at the information that came out this year, when you look at commodities and you can make x number of dollars on a spring crop, then you have the opportunity to double crop, we think there are opportunities to rotate fall crops an some of that will vary depending on soil type. Being able to utilize that land and figuring out how much can I make on an annual basis, not just on a seasonal basis.
Innovation will continue to be a theme for the coming years. We have recognize the foundation and know what brought us here, the foundation of the traditions, but we have to be able to move forward. Now that we have much greater yields we know we are doing it the same on the farmers side, but the seed is different, the technology is different, the precision ag, they are not the same tools we have worked with. We are figuring out ways to be more productive and generate bigger yields on the same land.
One of the things that sticks out the most about this first show is teamwork. Its been amazing working with the people who are a part of what we do. We have worked with Clemson and the farmers, the farm credit, Farm Bureau, the heritage corridor, and the civic center. The SC Dept of Ag and their staff, everyone has done a great job of promoting the business of agriculture in SC.”
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