Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off and Festival Returns to State Farmers Market

South Carolina Department of Agriculture Hugh E. Weathers, Commissioner Media Contacts: Clint Leach, 803-734-2191, jcleach@scda.sc.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 18, 2019 Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off and Festival Returns to State Farmers Market COLUMBIA, SC – The 8th annual Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off and Festival, one of the midlands most anticipated events of the year, returns to the State Farmers Market Saturday, March 23… read more ›
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South Carolina Completes Updated Equine Impact Study

South Carolina Department of Agriculture Hugh E. Weathers, Commissioner Media Contacts: Clint Leach, 803-734-2191, jcleach@scda.sc.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 14, 2019 South Carolina Completes Updated Equine Impact Study COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina’s equine industry contributes nearly $2 billion and 29,000 jobs annually to the state’s economy, according to a new study released today by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture in coordination… read more ›
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Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship Re-Opens Grants

South Carolina Department of Agriculture Hugh E. Weathers, Commissioner Media Contacts: Clint Leach, 803-734-2191, jcleach@scda.sc.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 12, 2019 Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship Re-Opens Grants Applications available online COLUMBIA, SC – Are you an agribusiness entrepreneur who would benefit from business mentoring, funding and access to grant consultants?  The Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE), an initiative of… read more ›
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Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications Being Accepted

South Carolina Department of Agriculture Hugh E. Weathers, Commissioner Media Contacts: Clint Leach, 803-734-2191, jcleach@scda.sc.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 12, 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications Being Accepted COLUMBIA, SC – Applications for the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) are available at scspecialtycropblockgrant.com and are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019.  Applications must be submitted by email to bdorton@scda.sc.gov. “The SCBGP… read more ›
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South Carolina Farmers Estimate Minimal Crop Loss From Freeze

South Carolina Department of Agriculture Hugh E. Weathers, Commissioner Media Contacts: Clint Leach, 803-734-2191, jcleach@scda.sc.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 8, 2019 South Carolina Farmers Estimate Minimal Crop Loss From Freeze COLUMBIA, S.C. – Earlier this week, temperatures dipped below freezing temperatures on two consecutive nights, and now farmers are beginning crop damage assessments, primarily with peaches, blueberries and strawberries. Numerous members of the… read more ›
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South Carolina Farmers Prepare for Cold Temperatures

South Carolina Department of Agriculture Hugh E. Weathers, Commissioner Media Contacts: Clint Leach, 803-734-2191, jcleach@scda.sc.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 5, 2019 South Carolina Farmers Prepare for Cold Temperatures COLUMBIA, S.C. – As temperatures throughout South Carolina are predicted to drop into the twenties this week, farmers are preparing for another test from Mother Nature. Crops of particular concern with… read more ›
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