What’s new in farming? AgriBiz & Farm Expo starts Wednesday

January 21, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – The seventh annual South Carolina AgriBiz & Farm Expo starts Wednesday at the Florence Center, featuring innovations in agriculture, equipment and products and educational information.

It kicks off with a Farmer Appreciation breakfast at 8 a.m. Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Association, will speak.

Admission is free to all events, except for the Taste of South Carolina and the Commissioner’s Breakfast.

Thousands of farmers and others interested in agriculture are expected to attend the expo from all over South Carolina and neighboring states. The expo celebrates the state’s largest industry: agriculture.

More than 100 vendors have signed up, making this the largest event to date.

“We are packed to the brim,” said Jody Martin, executive director of the expo.

Guest speakers will be on hand to showcase what’s new in the farming industry. Farmers will be able to learn from experts in the field.

Keynote speaker Michelle Payn is the founder of Cause Matters Corp.

The event will offer farmers a chance to view the latest technology in farming equipment and products as well choose from educational tracks to participate in.

Educational tracks for the 2019 expo are “fields and crops,” “fruits and vegetables,” “livestock” and “women in agriculture.”

Show hours for the two-day event are exhibits from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. The educational tracks are from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Ticketed events – the Taste of South Carolina and the Commissioner’s Breakfast – are 6:15 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday. The Taste on Wednesday is $25 per person and the Commissioners Breakfast on Thursday is $35 per person or $250 per table.

The Taste of South Carolina is almost sold out, Martin said. He said it is a great way for the public to come and enjoy food and see how diverse the agriculture industry really is.

“We have something for everyone,” he said.

For additional details visit SCAgriBizExpo.com.

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