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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Visits South Carolina Farms

Left to right-- USDA Rural Development State Director Vernita Dore, USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Laurie Lawson, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,  Congressman John Spratt and Bennettsville farmer, Frank Rogers, III., Monday at the McColl Gin Company in Bennettsville, SC.

Left to right-- USDA Rural Development State Director Vernita Dore, USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Laurie Lawson, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Congressman John Spratt and Bennettsville farmer, Frank Rogers, III., Monday at the McColl Gin Company in Bennettsville, SC.

On Monday, Secretary Tom Vilsack and Congressman John Spratt visited several PeeDee area farms in South Carolina, and spoke with local leaders and farmers about the importance of developing a strong rural economy.  USDA State Directors, Vernita F. Dore, State Director for Rural Development, Ann English, State Conservationist for NRCS and Laurie Lawson, State Executive Director for FSA, also joined the tour of local farms.

Secretary Vilsack and Congressman Spratt began the tour at Lamar Collins home in Darlington County to discuss a bioenergy project that would use poultry litter to produce energy.

The second stop was at Galloway Farms, also in Darlington, where Vilsack and Spratt hosted a roundtable discussion for approximately 75 farmers and answered questions ranging from the upcoming Farm Bill to future support for local farmers. Vilsack stressed the importance of getting the younger generation interested in farming. The average age of a farmer is 57. The Galloway Farm is a fourth generation owned farm.

At the third stop, Vilsack and Spratt toured the McColl Gin Company operation in Bennettsville and saw the newest equipment in operation for cotton harvesting. The tour proceeded to the cotton gin facility to see the cotton process from the milling to the end product being packaged for shipping.

The day ended on a positive note with a BBQ and roundtable discussion at the Minturn Bonded Warehouse in Dillon. Approximately 40 farmers attended this event.

Secretary Vilsack and Congressman Spratt listen to the concerns of a dairy farmer at the Galloway Farm in Darlington, South Carolina

Secretary Vilsack and Congressman Spratt listen to the concerns of a dairy farmer at the Galloway Farm in Darlington, South Carolina

One Response to “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Visits South Carolina Farms”

  1. Lorna Doone says:

    Tom Vilsack encourages workplace bullying and violence.

    Employees are pitted against each other in positions or tasks that allow only one winner to emerge from deliberate battles, creating many losers. Winning is carved out of the hides of the vanquished.

    If positive consequences follow bullying, the bullies are emboldened. Promotions and rewards are positive. But, it is also positive if they are not punished. Bullies who bully others with impunity become convinced they can get away with it consistently. They will continue until stopped. Even reluctant bullies are taught to be aggressive over time.

    Individuals are intimidated verbally and with attempted assaults and then persecuted with EEO complaints into submission.

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