Archive for November, 2009

Farm-City Week Applications Available

Posted on November 23, 2009. Filed under: Farm-City Week |

Harvest is here again and that means it is time for Farm-City Week activities. Hopefully, every county in South Carolina will have some activity to commemorate Farm-City Week. If there are Farm-City Week activities in your county, we would like to hear about them and recognize the efforts. 

The Farm-City Week Committee will be judging counties again this year and giving awards to the county with the “Best Overall County Farm-City Program,” the “Best Farm-City Individual Event,” and the “Best Farm-City Youth Event.” Two counties will also be recommended to receive National Farm-City awards. In order to be considered for one of these awards an application must be completed and submitted. 

Applications will be due in the Colleton County Farm Service Agency office by March 1, 2010. Awards will be presented during the spring meeting of the SC Ag Council. If you would like a copy of the award entry form mailed to you, please contact Lynn Huggins, SC Ag Council Farm-City Week Chairman, lynn.huggins@sc.usda.gov,  and she will be happy to send you a copy.

If you have any questions, please call Lynn at 843-549-1821, Ext. 109.

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Ag Council Meeting November 12, 2009 Recap

Posted on November 20, 2009. Filed under: Meetings |

The November SC Ag Council meeting was a very good educational session with good speakers and good information concerning the South Carolina livestock industry. The Holiday Fair participants all said they had a worthwhile presence and the Farm Bureau employees always appreciate this event. The Beaufort stew was excellent!  Wes Harris and crew get an AA+ rating. 

The Ag Council elected officers for 2010. Thanks to the 2009 Ag Council Officers and Committee chairs for the work they did throughout this past year. Please keep the new officers and committee chairs in mind as they plan your 2010 meetings and tours.

2010 Officers

President………………… Chalmers Mikell

Vice President…………. Aaron Wood

Sec/Treasurer …………. Steve Slice

Past President………….. Bert Bagley

Programs………………… Ben Skelley

Tours…………………….. Roy Copelan

Farm City Week………. Lynn Huggins

Publicity/Website……… Becky Walton & Stephen Hudson

Membership……………. Bert Bagley

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SC Ag Council to Focus on SC Livestock

Posted on November 10, 2009. Filed under: Meetings |

The quarterly meeting of the South Carolina Ag Council is scheduled for Thursday, November 12, 2009 at the S.C. Farm Bureau Office, 724 Knox Abbot Drive, Cayce, SC. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program at 10:00 a.m. followed by a catered lunch.

The meeting topic will be “Update and Outlook on S.C. Livestock Industries.” Speakers will include: Jack Whetstone, Associate Professor Extension Aquatic Specialist Clemson University – S.C. Aquaculture – Past, Present, and Future; Chad Truesdale, Marketing Specialist S.C. Department of Agriculture – S.C. Pork Industry; Tina Horn, State Dairy Extension Agent Clemson University Extension Service – S.C. Dairy Industry; Roy Copelan, Executive Director SC Beef Board – S.C. Beef Industry.

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. Members of the South Carolina Specialty Food Association will be on hand to sell items like soup mix, nuts, soap, fudge, hot sauce, cakes, pies, honey and other great South Carolina products – unique gifts for all seasons.

Friends and guests are welcomed and encouraged. Anyone who has an interest in South Carolina’s livestock industry and the state’s industry of agriculture does not want to miss this enlightening and engaging meeting.

Deadline for advanced reservations of $8 for Ag Council members is Friday, November 6. Registration for anyone 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 call, Steve Slice, 803-806-3843, or e-mail Steve.Slice@sc.usda.gov. For more information about the South Carolina Ag Council, contact

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