By JOHN HART
Farm Press Editorial Sta;
Do they grow that in South Carolina? Well, chances are the an- swer is a resounding “yes!” Agriculture, the state’s largest indus- try, is extremely diverse, with farmers and ranchers producing
just about everything you can think of, from timber to peanuts to
peaches to cotton to corn.
Agriculture impacts every corner of the state, with a value totaling a whopping $41.7 billion in 2013.
As the Spotlight State for this year’s Sunbelt Ag Expo, South Carolina’s exhibit will tell the story of the Palmetto State’s tremendous
agricultural diversity with the theme “planting innovation, growing
AN INFORMATIVE, INTERAC TIVE EXPERIENCE
The spotlight on South Carolina exhibit will be an informative and interactive experience that includes the traditional Clemson Building,
the Spotlight State Building, and the large outdoor area that spans
between the two buildings.
Clemson University, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, and South Carolina Farm Bureau have teamed up to provide an
array of simulators and learning modules that showcase agriculture
in the state.
“Our goal is that everyone who visits the South Carolina Exhibit
will have an enjoyable and educational experience and walk away
with a better understanding of what sets our state apart from others,”
says Brian Callahan, associate director, Clemson Extension.
“Additionally, we want our visitors to gain a greater understanding of what Clemson University, as a Land Grant institution, o;ers to
its existing and potential students and what Clemson PSA (Public
Service and Agriculture) provides to the citizens of South Carolina
AN ARRAY OF EXHIBITS
Dr. Matthew Burns, Clemson Extension livestock and forages team
leader, will join Extension agents from his team for multiple exhibits,
including the calving dystocia simulator. Rick Wiley, Clemson shooting sports specialist, will have the 4-H Shooting Sports Trailer set up
in the lawn area.
Hunter Massey, a professor in Clemson’s College of Agriculture,
Forestry, and Life Sciences, will have multiple exhibits, including
the cut-away tractor. The centerpiece for the Clemson Building will
showcase the work performed by Dr. Steve Cole and his sta; from
Clemson Regulatory Services.
South Carolina Farm Bureau will have their Ag Simulator, and the
South Carolina Department of Agriculture will be coordinating sev-
eral food tasting stations.
South Carolina agriculture certainly has an exciting story to tell.
LIVESTOCK A MAJOR INDUSTRY
More than half of the state’s agricultural income is derived from livestock and livestock products. Broilers (5 week to 12 week-old chickens) are the most valuable, at about 27 percent of total agricultural
receipts. Turkeys, beef cattle, chicken eggs, and hogs are also important revenue generators.
South Carolina further shows its great agricultural diversity by
producing greenhouse and nursery products and a wide range of
vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, squash,
beans, and sweet potatoes. Honey is also produced by the state’s
beekeepers, and pecans further add to the diverse array of agricultural products.
There are more than 25,200 farms spread across South Carolina,
averaging 197 acres. In total, they encompass about 4. 9 million acres
of land. Row crops are produced on roughly 1.3 million acres of that
land, and corn, cotton, hay, oats, peanuts, soybeans, and wheat are
all grown by the state’s farmers.
More than 10,000 South Carolinians claim farming as an occupation; of that number, about 3,600 are female. Family farms comprise
about 90 percent of the operations in the state, with slightly over 4
percent listed as corporate farms.
South Carolina is 2016 Expo Spotlight State:
A diverse agriculture with economic might
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