Category Archives: Agriculture

South Carolina Farmer Named Sunbelt Expo Southeast Farmer of the Year

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Commissioner Hugh Weathers and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture are proud to announce Kevin Yon of Yon Family Farms (Ridge Spring, SC) has been named the 2018 Swisher Sweets Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. This prestigious honor is awarded annually to one deserving farmer from a ten-state Southeastern…
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ACRE Awards $175,000 to SC Food Hub Network

Columbia – The Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE) has awarded $175,000 to the South Carolina Food Hub Network to improve logistics for the state’s five food hubs: GrowFood Carolina in Charleston; Swamp Rabbit Cafe’ & Grocery in Greenville; City Roots Farm in Columbia; Catawba Farm & Food Coalition in Chester and Pee Dee…
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ACRE and Clemson Cooperative Extension Launch Agribusinesses Curriculum Program

Columbia – The Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE), in partnership with Clemson Cooperative Extension, announces a new curriculum program for budding agribusiness innovators seeking business and marketing know-how and the chance to win $5,000. Program applications are due September 28 and can be found at http://acre-sc.com. Qualifying applicants must be South Caroling residents…
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Rick Farmer of Newberry County Named SCEDA Local Developer of the Year

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – June 21, 2018 – The South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA) awarded Director of Newberry County Economic Development Rick Farmer the Local Developer of the Year award during the 2018 SCEDA Annual Conference, held in May at the Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head. Farmer is 20-year veteran of economic development and longtime…
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SCDA Premieres ‘Roots’ Campaign at Barn-Side Event

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) premiered the Certified SC Grown ‘Roots of Our Food’ campaign, celebrating South Carolina’s farmers and agricultural heritage October 19. Commissioner Hugh Weathers and other SCDA leadership, joined by local farmers, friends and families – gathered for a Certified SC Grown meal in Cameron to preview the campaign spots…
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South Carolina Farmworker Institute to be held Friday

S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) will host the Second Annual S.C. Farmworker Institute on Friday. This is a summit and networking event for agencies, organizations and community leaders who work with farmworkers across the state. Summit participants will share skills, knowledge and resources through presentations, workshops and networking opportunities. Topics to be discussed…
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Funding Available for Cold Storage Cost Share Program

COLUMBIA- The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) and the South Carolina Specialty Crop Growers Association announce the Cold Storage Cost Share Program, funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant. Through this program, farmers are eligible for a reimbursement of up to $750 for installing a Cool-Bot cooler system…
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Columbia Parks & Recreation Department Offers Free Gardening Workshop Series

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Clemson Cooperative Extension to host a series of gardening workshops designed to give participants the tools needed to start and maintain a healthy garden. The free workshops are open to beginner and experienced gardeners. All workshops will be held at 10 a.m. at the Earlewood…
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Columbia Parks & Recreation Department to Offer Free Gardening Workshop Series

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Clemson Cooperative Extension to host a series of gardening workshops designed to give participants the tools needed to start and maintain a healthy garden beginning Saturday, March 18. The free workshops are open to beginner and experienced gardeners. All workshops will be held at 10…
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Historic Columbia Hosts Garden Workshop on Saturday, March 25

Hands-on workshop explores hardy tropical plants COLUMBIA, S.C., Thursday, March 16, 2017 – Join Historic Columbia from 10 a.m. to noon for a Garden Workshop, sponsored by Sox & Freeman Tree Expert Co, and explore a variety of hardy tropical plants. Learn expert tips and tricks to keep these exotic tropical plants thriving in your…
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