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• The meeting will be an umbrella event, with the purpose of bringing together all the many components that make up South Carolina and Southeastern agriculture.
• It will feature speakers who will address the most pressing issues facing farmers and farming in the upcoming years.
• It will also feature an exhibition hall and vendors who will provide up to date technical information on new equipment and technology available to farmers for the upcoming crop year.
MIKE GARLAND, with AgStrong, will discuss new crop options, like canola, for South Carolina growers.
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• “Control and management of the kudzu bug — A new pest in the Southeast,” which will be presented by Clemson University Entomologist Jeremy Greene.
• “Land as your legacy — it’s your land — you should choose who inherits it,” presented by Steve Hamilton, director, Nationwide Financial Advanced Consulting Group.
• “Will corn, soybeans and wheat maintain these lofty levels in 2013 and will cotton compete,” presented by Edgar Woods, president and owner of Palmetto Grain Brokerage.
• “Updates on flax, grain sorghum and canola production and marketing in South Carolina,” presented by Mike Garland, crop development director for AgStrong, a Georgia-based company that buys canola in South Carolina; Steve Sandroni, vice-president of agriculture for Crailar, which buys flax and helps producers grow the crop in South Carolina; and by David Hull, a grain buyer for North Carolina-based Murphy-Brown, which buys grain in the Carolinas and Virginia for use in the livestock industry.
• “Using switchgrass and grass hay alternatives to pine shavings for poultry house bedding,” presented by Jody Purswell, a research agricultural engineer with the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Poultry Research Unit at Mississippi State University. (2 hours of CAMM credits)
• “Innovations in precision agriculture,” presented by Will Henderson, precision agriculture specialist at Clemson University’s Edisto Agriculture Research and Education Center in Blackville, S.C.
• “Peanut Production in South Carolina — keys to be sustainable and profitable in a fluctuating market place,” presented by Scot Monfort, Clemson University and South Carolina Peanut Specialist.
• “Assisting Mother Nature: Optimum Soybean Yields with Irrigation.” Presented by Phil Tacker, formerdistinguished agricultural engineer and irrigation specialist at the University of Arkansas. (CCA Credits)
• “The economics of crop production in South Carolina,” which will be presented by Wilder Ferreira, an Extension Economist and Agribusiness Instructor at Clemson University.
• “Soybeans to the max: Nutrient management for maximum yields,” which will be presented by Glen Harris, associate professor and extension agronomist at the University of Georgia. (CCA Credits)
• “Wild hogs and coyotes: status and management,” presented by Greg Yarrow,chair of the Natural Resources Division and professor of Wildlife Ecology in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University.
In addition to the impressive array of professional speakers at the Expo, Jody Martin, who is chairman of the advisory council, who collectively put the program together, says, “We are expecting vendors of all types, including tractor companies, ag chemical suppliers, implement companies, educational agencies, seed companies, ag lenders, crop insurance companies, irrigation specialist, fertilizer companies, commodity associations, feed suppliers, precision ag companies, and many more.”
Other events include: Agritourism and Economic Development Sessions, indoor and outdoor exhibits.
If it is related to agriculture you will have a chance to see it at the South Carolina AgriBiz and Farm Expo at the Florence Civic Center on Jan. 16, 17 and 18th.
A website for the event, http://www.SCAgriBizExpo.com, will provide more information for those planning to attend or participate in this first ever show.