Third RAIN conference to focus on value added products
The conference will include discussions and presentations concerning the advantages provided by the newly formed statewide growers cooperative, Carolina Agri-Solutions Growers Association. The conference follows RAIN I and II, which focused on economic and agricultural opportunities associated with nutraceuticals and muscadine grapes, respectively.
Speakers for the conference include Valgene Dunham, distinguished professor emeritus of Coastal Carolina University; Greg Hyman of Hyman Vineyards, Conway; Ann Irvin of Irvin House Vineyards, Wadmalaw Island; Representative Dwight Loftis of Greenville; Jody Martin of the Florence County Extension-Clemson University; Andrew Post of Post Familie Vineyards, Altus, Arkansas; Jack Shuler of Arbor One; Professors Steve Talcott and Susanne Mertens-Talcott of Texas A&M University; Debbie Turbeville of USDA Rural Development; Hugh Weathers, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture; and Greg White of SC USDA.
The conference is sponsored by South Carolina EPSCoR/IdeA, Coastal Carolina University, Clemson University, Francis Marion University, Hyman Vineyards and Integrated Environmental Technologies.
For a registration form and additional information on RAIN III, contact Kathlene Sullivan at (843) 349-6547.