BEST PLACE TO FARM
Saluda County 28th In Nation
 
NOTE:  A magazine has named Saluda County as the 28th best place to farm out of 3000 counties in the couNtry. Read the following:

  CLEMSON — South Carolina’s farms are outperforming the nation’s historically agriculture-rich communities in the Midwest, a recent study on farming profitability shows.
  “South Carolina farming has taken big steps with the help of cutting-edge agricultural research and education,” said Tom Dobbins, director of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. “This study recognizes the great work done by our farming community in South Carolina.”
  Farm Futures magazine released its list of the nation’s Best Places to Farm based on profitability. Kershaw County came in at No. 17 of the 3,000 U.S. counties evaluated. Saluda County was No. 28 on the list led by Southeastern counties.
  “In both of those counties, we’ve been able to add two full-time Extension agents to assist farmers because of the improved budget climate in South Carolina, and it has paid dividends,” said Brian Callahan, assistant director of Extension Field Operations.
  Extension has boosted farming profitability in counties with large livestock and poultry operations like Kershaw through outreach like the Confined Animal Manure Managers Program, which provides cost-effective techniques for waste and nutrient management.
  “The CAMM project is becoming a model for the nation,” Callahan said.
  Extension agents also help livestock farmers with food quality, performance testing, animal welfare, parasite control and genetic improvement.
  In Saluda County, the Palmetto State’s top spot for fruit and nut production, farming has been aided by Extension research in peach tree genetics and variety trials that have given peaches a longer shelf life and made them more disease- and pest-resistant.
  Lexington and Sumter counties also cracked Farm Futures’ top 75 Best Places to Farm, and several other S.C. counties made the list too. View the full list online: http://management.farmprogress.com/mdfm/Faress1/author/2/2012-Best-Places.pdf.
  “I want to congratulate South Carolina farmers for helping the state’s agriculture industry receive such high regard nationally,” Dobbins said. “Clemson Extension is proud to partner with farmers, the S.C. Farm Bureau and S.C. Department of Agriculture to make our state’s ag industry a national model.”
  Clemson Extension has agents providing research and teaching agriculture techniques to farmers, schools and community organizations in all 46 counties in South Carolina. For more on Clemson Extension, visit http://www.clemson.edu/extension/.
  To compile the list, Farm Futures analyzed U.S. Census data for farming profitability, financial efficiency and growth.
 

 
Popular Farm-City
Taste & See Event
 
  The Farm-City Committee is planning another exciting Taste & See Event for Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the Saluda National Guard Armory.  Doors open to the public at 3:00 and close at 7:00 PM.
  This event spotlights food items that are produced in Saluda County.  Attendees will sample fried chicken drummettes, grilled drummettes, chopped pork, grilled roast beef, ham biscuits, turkey tenderloin, sliced apples, slaw, bread, milk, ice cream, apple cider, coffee, soft drinks.   NO FOOD CAN BE CARRIED OUT; all food must be eaten inside the armory, NO EXCEPTIONS. 
  Many exhibitors will have displays that are of interest to the young & old.  These exhibitors include local and state agencies, health care, agri-businesses, educational, civic groups, etc.  Many exhibitors have brochures and goodies to share.  EXHIBITORS SHOULD CALL CLEMSON EXTENSION (445-8117, ext. 0) BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9:00 – 1:00 to reserve a space.  Commercial exhibitors may reserve a space for $ 20.00. 
  There will be a booth set up near the door for donations of commercially canned goods for the food bank, which will be distributed locally by the Department of Social Services to needy families.  Last year 300 canned goods and some cash donations were received.   Each attendee is asked to contribute at least one commercially canned food item for this very worthy cause.  What better time of the year to share with others who are experiencing difficult times.
  We have a wonderful line-up of entertainment throughout the evening.  Drawing for door prizes will be given during breaks in entertainment.
  All attendees ages 12 and over are asked to contribute $1.00 each at the door to offset expenses.  We look forward to seeing each of you at the Taste & See on November 25.  What a wonderful example of our theme, “Partners in Progress”.   The focus of all Farm-City activities is the awareness of our interdependence between the rural and urban communities.  It takes all of us to make the circle of living complete.  It is only through the generosity of our merchants and businesses that this event and all other Farm-City events are possible.  Please patronize all of them, especially during these tough economic times.  See you there!
 

 
Christmas Craft Show
 
  Tired of seeing Made in Japan or Made in China and would like to see Made in USA, then come to the Saluda Christmas Craft Show this week end at the Saluda National Guard Armory.
  We have over 40 crafters from Saluda County and surrounding counties showing off their handmade crafts. This is a perfect time to support your local crafters and keep our money in our county.
  Our crafters are bringing crochet items, ceramics items, knitted dish rags and towels, baby afghans, loop scarves, hand crafted jewelry, hair clips and accessories, hand made pocket books, floral arrangements, wreaths and mantel pieces, wooden trees, snowman, benches and tables, homemade cakes, pies, candy, peanut brittle, personalized cups, cake takers and other home goods, children clothes and embroidery items plus a lot of other great items for Christmas giving.
  We will have something for everyone. We will also have the best hot dogs in town with homemade chili. The Christmas Craft Show will be Saturday, November 22, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, November 23, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. COME TO THE CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW AND SUPPORT OUR LOCAL FAMILIES.