Archive for July, 2010

SC Ag Council Meeting – Misconceptions of the Livestock Industry

Posted on July 29, 2010. Filed under: Meetings |

The summer quarterly meeting of the South Carolina Ag Council is scheduled to be held on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at the SC 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. People attending the meeting are asked to park behind the Farm Bureau Building in the parking lot across the street.

The topic of the meeting will be “Misconceptions of the SC Livestock Industry.”  Please plan on being a part of the meeting to learn the misconceptions and misinformation dealing with livestock production in our state.  

Anyone who has an interest in SC Agriculture is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Don’t miss this enlightening and engaging meeting.

Deadline for advanced reservations of $8 for Ag Council members is Friday, August 6.  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 at the SCFB 803-936-4288 or Steve Slice, 803-806-3843, Steve.Slice@sc.usda.gov or visit South Carolina Agricultural Council’s Blog at www.scagcouncil.wordpress.com.

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America’s Favorite Farmers Markets

Posted on July 21, 2010. Filed under: General Information |

Farmers markets play a critical role in keeping farmers on the land. Keeping farms viable by providing them with a venue where they can provide their much sought after products is one of the best ways to save the land that sustains us.

American Farmland Trust is sponsoring a contest to promote the value of farmers markets in communities and to help make the connection between fresh local foods and the local farms and farmland that supply them.

Want to know how South Carolina is doing in the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest? Check out the up-to-the-minute view of the top five markets with the most votes in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) at http://www.farmland.org/americas-favorite-farmers-markets-states.asp to see how South Carolina is doing. Vote for your favorite markets (you can only vote for each market once, but you can vote for as many markets as you want). It is not too late for farmers markets to join the contest. If you can’t find your farmers market on the map, ask your market manager to enroll in the contest.

Thank you for all that you do to support local farms and local farmers markets!

Gretchen Hoffman
Manager of Engagement and Communications
American Farmland Trust

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Lexington County Farm City Week Featured by the National Farm-City Council

Posted on July 14, 2010. Filed under: General Information |

SPOTLIGHT ON LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C.

Lexington County Farm-City Committee is consistently one of the most active Farm-City groups in South Carolina. A committee of dedicated volunteers representing the County’s Farm Bureau, Extension Service, Soil and Water Conservation District, Young Farmers and FFA chapters work  to pull together a variety of events. Their work is supported by a group of local businesses and organizations who each donate $300 to be sponsors.

Farm-City Tour
Working with Leadership Lexington County, the Farm-City Committee sponsors one day of a week-long discovery tour and learning program designed to show the 35 high school juniors and seniors who have been selected to participate the diversity of business in the county.

The Farm-City Committee arranges for tours of two farms and two city businesses to demonstrate the independence of farm and city. In 2009, the group toured Wingard’s Nursery, James Sease Farms, U.S. Foodservice and Roof Basket Works.

Banquet & job exchange
Approximately 150 city and farm residents attended the annual Lexington County Farm-City Week Kickoff Banquet. “The highlight of the evening was our Job Exchange, “says Lori Rikard, Lexington County Farm-City Committee Chair. “Stanley Shumpert, owner of Shumpert’s Dairy, exchanged jobs with Jim Kinard, Manager of the Gilbert-Summit IGA grocery store.

Each participant was showcased in a video that narrated their experiences walking in each other’s shoes.” The group also collected the farmer’s share of the meal (74¢ per person) and donated the funds to Lexington Interfaith Community Services for their food bank.

Grocery store manager Jim Kinard gets a taste of what it’s like to be a dairyman when he switched jobs with Stanley Shumpert, owner of Shumpert’s Dairy.

Scholarships
In conjunction with National FFA Week, the Lexington Farm-City Committee holds an FFA Appreciation Night to recognize and thank the FFA students who assist the committee throughout the year. Four $500 scholarships were awarded.

Broader exposure
The Committee’s good relationship with local media spread the Farm-City message far beyond just the people who attended their events. The local newspapers provided pre- and post-event coverage of their events. They also asked a local TV anchor to narrate their job exchange video. She mentioned the job exchange program on the air during Farm-City Week, and also aired some of the video.

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