SC Ag Council Spring Quarterly Meeting New Technology in Agriculture – using cyberspace and outerspace technology on the farm

Posted on April 27, 2012. Filed under: Meetings |

The spring quarterly meeting of the South Carolina Agricultural Council (SCAC) will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the SC Farm Bureau Office, 724 Knox Abbot Drive, Cayce, SC.

Registration begins at9:30 a.m.followed by the meeting at10:00 a.m.which will conclude with a catered lunch.  

The meeting will focus on “New Technology in Agriculture.”  Speakers will be – Jason Rodgers, Farm Manager at Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, SC and Robbie Weathers, Solutions Manager for Blanchard Equipment in St. Matthews, SC.  Topics will include variable rate application, yield monitoring, data management, agriculturally-related cell phone apps, operating irrigation systems by cell phone, and how tractors can call growers’ cell phones.

Deadline for advanced reservations of $8 for SCAC members is Friday, May 11, 2012.  Registration at the door or for non-members is $12 per person. The registration fee includes the catered lunch.

To pre-register or for more information, contact SCAC President, Leon Brewer at 803-534-2409, 803259-7143 or Leon.Brewer@sc.usda.gov or Steve Slice at 803-806-3843 or Steve.Slice@sc.usda.gov or visit the South Carolina Agricultural Council’s Blog at www.scagcouncil.wordpress.com.


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Spring Ag Tour – April 24, 2012

Posted on March 26, 2012. Filed under: Ag Tours, General Information |

The South Carolina Agricultural Council is holding its Spring Agricultural Tour on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

The daylong event will start with a tour of the John Deere Plant near Grovetown, GA in the morning followed by a tour of Titan Farms (vegetables and peaches) near Ridge Spring, SC in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided at Juniper Restaurant in Ridge Spring.  Tour participants for the John Deere Plant must be at least 13 years old and also must wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes during the tour.  No cameras, camcorders or cell phones are permitted while touring the John Deere Plant.

Participant check-in will be at 7:45 a.m. at the South Carolina Farm Bureau, 724 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, S.C. The bus will depart at 8:15 a.m. and return to the Farm Bureau building by 5:00 p.m. Tour participants are asked to park behind theFarmBureauBuildingin the parking lot across the street.

Due to bus seating, the tour will be limited to 47 people, soPRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The deadline to register is Friday, April 20, 2012. The tour is open to the public until the bus seating is filled, with priority given to Council members and their guests.

Cost of the tour is $35 for S.C. Agricultural Council members and their guests and $45 for non-members.  Lunch, beverages, and snacks are included in the cost of the tour.

To reserve a space on the tour, send your name, phone number along with a check made payable to the South Carolina Agriculture Council and mail to: South Carolina Agriculture Council, P.O. Box 2683, Columbia, S.C. 29202-2683.

 For more information about the Ag Council tour, contact Beth Duncan at (803) 253-3731 or Elizabeth_Duncan@nass.usda.gov or Steve Slice, at 803-806-3820 ext. 116 or Steve.Slice@sc.usda.gov.

 


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Alternative Agribusiness Strategies – SCAC Meeting Feb 16

Posted on February 14, 2012. Filed under: General Information, Meetings | Tags: , , , , |

The quarterly meeting of the South Carolina Ag Council is scheduled to be held on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at the S.C. Farm Bureau,724 Knox Abbot Drive,Cayce,S.C.  The meeting will focus on “Alternative Agribusiness Strategies” using unique and sustainable concepts like polyculture and permaculture.

Speakers will include– Manuel Verney-Carron and Janis Persenaire of North Augusta, SC and Shawn Jadrnicek of Clemson

Manuel Verney-Carron is a native of Lyon,France, the mecca of French cuisine, is the owner of Blue Clay Farm and Manuel’s Bread Café inNorth Augusta. Janis Persenaire is his gardener extraordinaire. Manuel’s goal was to transform the farm into a sustainable community vegetable garden with a French flair. He will discuss the symbiotic relationship between his unique farming operation and his Certified SC Fresh on the Menu restaurant located in the heart of the popularHammond’s Ferry riverfront. Manuel’s Bread Café combines a French bakery, pasty and food shop with an unforgettable casual dining experience. Janis, originally from Ontario,Canada, will discuss the challenges and rewards of managing the garden, raised beds, aquaponics (the polyculture of hydroponics and aquaculture) and staggered planting as well as her composting strategy.

Also Shawn Jadrnicek, horticulturist and Clemson University organic farm manager, will be speaking about “Ecological and Permaculture Design Strategies for Urban Homes and Small Farms: A photographic journey of projects and patterns to develop productive human habitats. His experience spans organic farming, nursery production, homesteading, landscape design and installation, arboriculture, irrigation system design, and aquaculture.  Shawn also spent four years as an extension agent.

Anyone who has an interest in SC agriculture is welcome and encouraged to attend. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about how these agribusiness men and women have developed successful alternative business strategies.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. followed by a catered lunch. Deadline for advanced reservations of $8 for Ag Council members is Friday, February 10.  Registration at the door or for non-members is $12 per person. The registration fee includes a catered lunch.

To pre-register or for more information, call Chalmers Mikell, 803-936-4288 or Steve Slice, 803-806-3843, Steve.Slice@sc.usda.gov or visit South Carolina Agricultural Council at www.scagcouncil.wordpress.com.

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Holiday Fair at the Fall SC Ag Council Meeting – Nov 10, 2011

Posted on October 28, 2011. Filed under: General Information, Meetings |

The annual Holiday Fair and fall quarterly meeting of the South Carolina Ag Council will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the S.C. Farm Bureau, 724 Knox Abbot Drive, Cayce, S.C. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Beaufort Stew. 

The topic of the meeting will be “GMO’s and Organic Farming.”  Speakers and subjects to be covered will be: Dan Pitts, Monsanto Corporation, GMO’s; Eric McClam, City Roots, organic farming; and Sherry Aultman, Clemson University, organic certification.   

Also, as has become a tradition, a Holiday Fair featuring South Carolina grown and produced products will be held in the lobby of the Farm Bureau. Items that will be sold include, but are not limited to, soup mix, nuts, soap, goat cheese, grass fed beef, fudge, hot sauce, cakes, pies and honey. South Carolina products are great gifts for all seasons.

Anyone who has an interest in South Carolina agriculture is welcomed and encouraged to attend.  Don’t miss this enlightening and engaging meeting.

Deadline for advanced reservations of $8 for Ag Council members is Friday, November 4.  Registration at the door or for non-members is $12 per person. The registration fee includes a catered lunch. Those attending the meeting are asked to park behind the Farm Bureau Building in the parking lot across the street.

To pre-register or for more information call Chalmers Mikell at the S.C. Farm Bureau 803-936-4288 or Steve Slice, USDA Farm Service Agency, 803- 806-3843, or e-mail Steve.Slice@sc.usda.gov or visit South Carolina Agricultural Council’s Blog at www.scagcouncil.wordpress.com .


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