Florence's Agribiz and Farm Expo

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) Fresh, locally grown produce and meat is what everyone wants. And here in South Carolina we have some of the best. But it takes a lot of hard work to make it available to us and the rest of the country.

"We also grow cotton, soybeans, wheat, corn and grain," said Edwin Dargan.

Edwin Dargan has been toiling South Carolina's soil for his entire life. Dargan said he has had to adapt to the ever changing methods used in farming throughout the years.

"Farming has gotten a lot more technical," said Dargan.

And the Agribiz and Farm Expo, at the Florence Civic Center, was designed to meet those ever changing needs.

The products featured there, are designed to help farmers produce more and cut costs, which may ultimately save you money the next time you're in the grocery store.

"Basically it's a farm managing system. We help schedule your crops, plan your crops and record them," Samuel Wyatt, AgriMax.

Vendors like Samuel Wyatt, is just one of more than 120 vendors, helping farmers use technology to grow the things you'll eventually eat, and wear.

"Agro business, which consist of agriculture, forestry and their allied industries, and it has a $34 billion economic impact on our state's economy and accounts for nearly 2-thousand jobs," said Kelly Coakley, South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

"The whole notation,the goal is to grow South Carolina's economy, especially in our rural counties where farming is still key," said Hugh Weathers, South Carolina's Commissioner of Agriculture.

Today Hugh Weathers, South Carolina's Commissioner of Agriculture, showed farmers the importance of safety when operating a grain bin.

"The reason for the expo is training and safety. And like others across South Carolina, I've experienced friends who have had grain bin accidents and some fatalities," said Weathers.

Sometimes, due to a lack of training and lack of attention, farmers can trap themselves in a grain bin which can lead to suffocation and in some cases death.

"A lot more grain bins in South Carolina than there was five years ago, so it's just a little more important to remind ourselves of it," said Weathers.

For local farmers like Edwin Dargan the expo is priceless.

"You get all the aspects of farming here so that you can keep abreast of what the new technology is," said Dargan.

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