6th-annual expo is Jan. 17


FLORENCE - The 6th-annual S.C. AgriBiz and Farm Expo will be held Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 at the newly remodeled Florence Center. The event brings together the best in agriculture - education, connecting and innovation - all rooted in tradition and thriving through innovation.

The Expo begins at 8 a.m. Jan. 17 with a breakfast, followed by keynote speaker Boone Peeler, newly appointed USDA, FSA executive director. The day is filled with educational programming, visiting exhibitors and connecting with leading agriculturalists. Programming is available for field crop farmers, fruit and vegetable producers and women in agriculture. Dr. Nate Smith, a national renowned Clemson economist, and his team will feature the "Ag Outlook and Marketing Session." The day concludes with the "Taste of South Carolina" which begins at 6:15 p.m., an outstanding Southern culture experience to tasting the finest foods produced in S.C.

The S.C. Commissioner of Ag Breakfast kicks off at 8 a.m. on Jan. 17, with another opportunity to learn more about S.C. agriculture and the 2018 ag outlook. Keynote speaker Mary Kay Thatcher with the American Farm Bureau will bring an update from Washington, D.C., on the forthcoming Farm Bill. The day continues with outstanding educational sessions presented by two nationally renowned speakers, Dr. Ron Heininger, with N.C. State University, and Kevin Matthews discussing field crops and how to generate increased yields.

Thursday's Expo schedule also includes the highly endorsed vegetable production classes led by Extension Specialist Tony Melton and a women in agriculture session. The Expo will provide many opportunities to connect with exhibitors and ag leaders.

Daily admission and parking to the AgriBiz and Farm Expo are free. The Taste of South Carolina tickets are available for $25 and Commissioner's Breakfast tickets may be purchased for $35 each. For more information about the expo or to purchase tickets, visit www.SCAgriBizExpo.com.