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Annual Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture

You’re invited to the annual Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture to discuss critical issues, challenges and needs related to Sustainable Agriculture development in South Carolina. The meeting is open to all South Carolina farmers, educators, policy makers, state and federal government and non-governmental agricultural agency personnel, and other South Carolina citizens with an interest in sustainable agriculture. Input from this public meeting will be used to prioritize critical issues and needs and to formulate plans for statewide sustainable agriculture training and education programs in 2018.
The Open Forum meeting will be held on the 30th of November, 2017 at the Kingston Plantation Embassy Suites Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Myrtle Beach location was chosen this year to facilitate participation by many of our stakeholders who also plan to attend the Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo being held from November 27th -29th and  the South Carolina Farm Bureau (SCFB) Annual Meeting from November 30th – Dec. 2nd at the same location.

Date: Thursday, November 30th 2017

Time: 9:30 – 12:30 PM

Place: Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation
~ PEMBROKE ROOM ~ 9800 Queensway Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

There is no fee to attend the Open Forum meeting from 9:30AM – 12:30PM on November 30; however a lunch featuring local foods will be served at 12:30PM for a cost of $12 if you wish to have lunch. In order to facilitate space and meal arrangements, it’s important that you register in advance.  See registration instructions below. Lunch reservations will be provided on first come, first serve basis; registration deadline is Wednesday, November 22nd.


8:45 –  9:30
Check in (Coffee and refreshments served)

9:30 –  9:40
Introduction and welcome (Dr. Geoff Zehnder)

9:40 –  10:15
Group introductions (Individuals representing other organizations will have an opportunity to briefly discuss new or ongoing initiatives)

10:15 –  10:35
Review of 2017 programs and accomplishments (Geoff Zehnder)

10:35 –  11:35
Open discussion on issues relating to sustainable agriculture development in South Carolina. Where should we put program resources in 2018? (Facilitated session)

11:35 –  11:45

11:45 –  12:30
Continue discussion to prioritize issues and Adjourn

12:30 –  1:30
Local Foods Lunch and adjourn Open Forum Meeting

1:30 –  4:30
SC SARE Advisory Committee Meeting (AC Members)


Kingston Plantation Embassy Suites Resort is located at 9800 Queensway Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572.  Directions can be found here.


There is no fee for attending the Open Forum however the favor or your RSVP is requested for planning purposes.  An optional local foods lunch will be available after the meeting for $12.

Please register for this event with optional lunch at:


We hope to see you there!


Please contact Kelly Flynn at kgilker@clemson.edu

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