South Carolina Department of Agriculture, along with South Carolina Farm Bureau and others are hosting the South Carolina Agribiz and Farm Expo January 16 through the 18th in Florence. David Winkles, President of SC Farm Bureau says they’re pleased to be a part of the Expo:
“We are delighted, not only because we are a membership organization and we want to try to use this as a membership development tool in letting people know about Farm Bureau and what we do, but also because agriculture is the largest industry in South Carolina and we felt like the South Carolina Agribiz and Farm Expo would be fitting to have to showcase our industry.”
While this is the first Expo, Winkles explains that plans are for this to be an annual event:
“States like Georgia and Kentucky have the Big Show, but we didn’t have anything here in SC, so we think its very timely and we hope its going to do well. We are planning on it being an annual event.”
Part of the Expo will be devoted to educational sessions for ag producers, and Winkles explains that he feels that the in-person format of learning is the best:
“I believe in passing along knowledge one on one, where you have that interaction and can ask questions especially on topics that are relevant in agriculture today like regulation, ordinances or national politics. We need for our folks at the local level to have a better understanding of the battles that we are fighting for agriculture today.”
And Winkles explains that the Expo has been designed to appeal to a large cross-section of the ag business:
“We are trying ot appeal to a wide variety of folks and to folks though traditional agriculture as well as the newer agri-entertainment. We want to make it appealing whether you are an organic famer or a heritage farm or a traditional row crop farmer.
The South Carolina Agribiz and Farm Expo is January 16th through the 18th at the Florence Civic Center. For more information visit www.scagribizexpo.com .
David Winkles, president of the South Carolina Farm Bureau