Calendar of Events


  • Thu
    10
    Jan
    2019
    Sun
    13
    Jan
    2019
    Savannah, GA

    The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is the LARGEST educational conference and trade show in the southeastern United States that unites growers, vendors and suppliers. Anyone with an interest in specialty crop agriculture is invited to be a part of this event. Through more than 80 hours of educational sessions, we will address food safety concerns, specific commodity issues on production practices and increased yields, and marketing strategies. Participate in our growing and dynamic TRADE SHOW, where you’ll browse through more than 85,000 square feet of space filled with key suppliers and growers. There has never been a more vital time for the fruit and vegetable industry to come together for a brighter and more profitable future!

    *The SC Specialty Crop Growers Association will have a booth*

  • Wed
    23
    Jan
    2019
    Thu
    24
    Jan
    2019
    Florence, SC

    The SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo serves as an umbrella event for all aspects of Agriculture and Agribusiness. Designed to incorporate the industry’s deep traditional roots along with today’s thriving innovations, the Expo streamlines the promotion and the expansion of the business of agriculture in South Carolina and beyond.

    The Expo includes a farm show with a wide variety of equipment, farm products and educational components. The SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo is the only event representing all aspects of agriculture both large and small. It features innovations in agricultural; equipment, education, commodity spotlights, feedstocks, special guest speakers, economic developers, producers, value-added enterprises, youth development, and much more!

    This event is FREE!

  • Thu
    24
    Jan
    2019
    9:30 am - 10:30 amFlorence, SC, Agribiz

    Meeting, at SC AgriBiz and Farm Expo in Florence 

    The SC Specialty Crop Growers Association will be holding an annual meeting on January 24 from 9:30 am - 10:30 am in room 105 and 106 at SC AgriBiz in Florence, SC.

    Please join us to learn about all we have done this year and exciting things planned for 2019. We would love to hear input from our members as well! All are welcome to attend!

    Please email landerson@scda.sc.gov to register. There is no cost to attend.

  • Mon
    11
    Feb
    2019
    10 am - 12 pmClemson University Pee Dee Reearch and Education Center, Darlington, SC

    All new and interested farmers who would like to be authorized to accept WIC and Senior Vouchers must attend one training this year. All trainings will have the same information so please pick the one most convenient for you.

    Please email sellison@scda.sc.gov to register.

  • Wed
    13
    Feb
    2019
    10 am - 12 pm Greenville County Cooperative Extension, Greenville, SC

    All new and interested farmers who would like to be authorized to accept WIC and Senior Vouchers must attend one training this year. All trainings will have the same information so please pick the one most convenient for you.

    Please email sellison@scda.sc.gov to register.

  • Wed
    13
    Feb
    2019
    9:00 am - 3:00 pmPhillips Market Center, West Columbia, SC

    Interested in learning more about GAP? Please join the SCDA for an informational workshop all about GAP. There will be information shared on what is required and grants that are available.

    Register here: www.agriculture.sc.gov/event/gap-informational-workshop/

  • Thu
    07
    Mar
    2019
    9:00 am - 3:00 pmPhilips Market Center, West Columbia, SC

    Are you a South Carolina specialty crop farmer in need of help with brand development and e- commerce training to make your farm more successful? The SC Specialty Crop Growers Association is proud to team up with research professors from the University of South Carolina to create a one-day workshop for specialty crop farmers with topics centered on farm resource development, marketing strategies, brand creation, and leveraging social media. Dr. Jeffrey Campbell, an associate professor of retailing at USC, will serve as the lead researcher. Space is limited and is on a first come first serve basis.

    When: March 7, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Where: Philips Market Center, West Columbia, SC

    Please email landerson@scda.sc.gov for an application. There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided.

    There is a maximum of 2 people per farm who can attend.

  • Tue
    12
    Mar
    2019
    6 pm- 8 pmPhillips Market Center, West Columbia, SC

    All new and interested farmers who would like to be authorized to accept WIC and Senior Vouchers must attend one training this year. All trainings will have the same information so please pick the one most convenient for you.

    Please email sellison@scda.sc.gov to register.

  • Thu
    14
    Mar
    2019
    10 am - 12 pm US Vegetable Laboratory, Charleston, SC

    All new and interested farmers who would like to be authorized to accept WIC and Senior Vouchers must attend one training this year. All trainings will have the same information so please pick the one most convenient for you.

    Please email sellison@scda.sc.gov to register.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019
    10 am to 5 pm377 Cantey Lane, Rembert, SC 29128
  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019
    8:30 am to 5:00 pmPee Dee Food Hub, 3215 Bluff Road, Marion, SC

    Who Should Attend

    Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

    What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

    The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

    • Introduction to Produce Safety
    • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
    • Soil Amendments
    • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
    • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
    • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
    • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

    In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

    **Snacks and Lunch will be provided. Please note of any food allergies or prefences.**

    Benefits of Attending the Course

    The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

    • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
    • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
    • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
    • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

    After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

     

  • Wed
    22
    May
    2019
    8:30 am to 5:00 pmPhillips Market Center, 117 Ballard Court West Columbia, SC

    Who Should Attend

    Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

    What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

    The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

    • Introduction to Produce Safety
    • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
    • Soil Amendments
    • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
    • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
    • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
    • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

    In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

    **Snacks and Lunch will be provided. Please note of any food allergies or prefences.**

    Benefits of Attending the Course

    The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

    • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
    • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
    • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
    • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

    After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

  • Wed
    10
    Jul
    2019
    8:30 am to 5:00 pmOrangeburg County Extension Office, 1550 Henley Street Suite 200 Orangeburg, SC

    Who Should Attend

    Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

    What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

    The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

    • Introduction to Produce Safety
    • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
    • Soil Amendments
    • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
    • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
    • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
    • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

    In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

    **Snacks and Lunch will be provided. Please note of any food allergies or prefences.**

    Benefits of Attending the Course

    The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

    • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
    • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
    • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
    • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

    After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

  • Thu
    11
    Jul
    2019
    9:15 amEdisto Research and Education Center, Blackville, SC
  • Tue
    08
    Oct
    2019
    9 am - 4 pmSandhill REC (Columbia)

    n this full-day workshop, Krista Morgan, Market Access Coordinator at CFSA, will share what farms should consider before scaling up business, and what adjustments need to be made before entering wholesale markets. She will also address how to choose which crops to grow based on market choice, how to choose the right wholesaler for your farm, and how to develop a good working relationship with your buyers.

    Kim Butz, Local Produce Safety Coordinator at CFSA, will provide an overview of the Harmonized GAP Food Safety Standard, which many wholesalers are requiring.  Kim will provide farmers with the tools necessary to reduce food safety risks, meet market requirements, and closely align with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements. There will be discussions on GAP vs FSMA and how the two closely align.

  • Mon
    28
    Oct
    2019
    Tue
    29
    Oct
    2019
    Madren Center Conference Center & Inn, Clemson, SC
  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2019
    9 am - 4 pmSCDA Consumer Protection Lab Conference Room, 123 Ballard Court, West Columbia, SC 29172

    n this full-day workshop, Krista Morgan, Market Access Coordinator at CFSA, will share what farms should consider before scaling up business, and what adjustments need to be made before entering wholesale markets. She will also address how to choose a good wholesaler for your farm and how to develop a good working relationship with your buyers.

    Kim Butz, Local Produce Safety Coordinator, will provide an overview of the Harmonized GAP Food Safety Standard, which many wholesalers are requiring. Kim will provide farmers with the tools necessary to reduce food safety risks, meet market requirements, and closely align with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements.

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