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Almost Time for the South Carolina Agribiz & Farm Expo

The new year is here and we are a little more than a week away from the Second Annual South Carolina AgriBiz & Farm Expo coming up in Florence on Jan 16-17.

South Carolina Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers:

“We want to talk about the event once more to get people to attend the event this year in Florence. A lot of people have been working hard to make this second annual event even better than the first. We have a lot of good things planned.

The event has a lot of great information and gives them the opportunity to get it all in one place. The technology that we are using in farming for production, sustainability and lowering the inputs really require a learning curve. We have some things going on around agritourism and safety as well.

I am hosting and participating in an event. We host the Commissioners Breakfast which raises money for the Commissioner’s School at Clemson. I will be participating in a grain bin rescue to demonstrate the need for safety around the bins and how it can be dangerous if you don’t know how to prepare for it. And if something would happen, it will demonstrate what to expect when you are going to be extracted.

We will have an announcement from the department on agritourism as well.

Its at the Florence Civic Center and there is plenty of parking and hotels right around it. It’s the 16 and 17 and costs $5 to get in the door. There is a great trade show and so much educational going on as well. There is the Taste of South Carolina on the first night and so much more!”'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.