Now in its 6th year, the SC AgriBiz and Farm Expo will gear up next week at the Florence Civic Center, January 17-18. Here’s Commissioner Hugh Weathers to tell us what we can expect this year.
- The Expo does a great job of showcasing all that South Carolina has to offer, from food to farms.
- The Expo will have four different tracks this year: CAMM Conference Track, Fruit and Vegetable Track, Women in Ag Track, and Field Crop Track.
- The CAMM Conference Track will feature four different sessions ranging from Managing Plant Nutrients in Mature to Beef Grazing Systems and Water Quality Protection. Each session will allow farms to receive one hour of CAMM Credit per session.
- The Fruit and Vegetable track has many information sessions including Organic Certification and The Future of Farming with Vertical Aeroponics.
- New this year, is the Women in Ag Track. This track is aimed at getting women farmer and ranchers involved in the Expo. Educational sessions include Empowering Women in Agriculture and Annie’s Project.
- At the Expo SCDA is offering South Carolina residents the opportunity to safely dispose of outdated, unusable or unwanted pesticides. The collection is scheduled for January 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Florence Civic Center located at 3300 West Radio Drive, Florence, SC 29501.
- Every year at the expo, The Commissioner’s Breakfast, a fundraiser for the SC Commissioner’s School for Agriculture, will round out the events at the Expo on Thursday morning. Over the past five years, companies and agribusiness organizations contributed over $30,000 to this worthy program. Every dollar raised increases the opportunities for young students to become involved with agriculture and develop careers in the industry. I am very appreciative of the generous support from each sponsor.
- Tickets are still available for the Taste and Commissioner’s Breakfast and can be purchased at scagribiz.com/expo for $25 each.
- Whether it was a new connection you made or a new tip on water quality protection, I’m sure you, too, can take some ideas back to your farm that will improve your efficiency in the coming years. Please stop by the SCDA booth to visit with my staff and I. See you on the Expo floor!