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Commissioner Weathers Suggests Farmers Stay Flexible

South Caorlina's Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers is pleased to wish everyone a Happy New Year.  With the beginning of 2013, Commissioner Weathers suggests that this is a time to review farming operations and maybe think outside the box a little as new ways to remain viable and on the farm. 

Weathers uses the Garrison family farm near Anderson, Denver Downs Farm as example.  Denver Downs has evolved from a dairy farm to an agritourism destination, as well as a location for engineering research for a Texas company that manufacturers products related to highway construction.

“It’s a time for change and time to think about change and how farms change over generations. An example are the Garrisons, a great family rooted in agriculture. Senator Ed Garrison was a dairy farmer. The next generation was Tom and his brother, and they diversified to do some agri-tourism, fruits and vegetables, road side markets and blend all that in with what they were doing. Then, Tom’s nephew is now using the farm facilities and working with a company out of Texas that manufactures erosion control products for highway use. The dairy isn’t operating anymore but many of the diversifications in road side markets and agri-toursim still are. It’s a great example of how South Carolina farms evolve over time and generations.

The Big Show in Florence coming up in mid-January is designed to talk about the new opportunities out there. Maybe there is someone that hears about the Garrisons and thinks about bringing a partner in and doing something with their property. We just have to look at things differently going forward.” is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.