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The Eastern Produce Council presented a check for $5,000 to the delegation from South Carolina. Chris Yonce of the South Carolina Peach Council.  Joe Atchison of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Hugh Weathers of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, Kurt Zuhlke of Kurt Zuhlke Associates and Al Murray of the New Jersey Agricultural Society. Matt Denucci of Hampton Farms, Linda Gilroy of Fresh Express and Vic Savanello of SpartanNash.  Tracy Simmonds and Kelly Davis of the Eastern Produce Council. Rob Goldstien of GenPro, Joseph Joseph of Victor Joseph & Son and Jeff Young of A&J Produce. Jack Shuler and Clint Leach of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. Weatherly Thomas of the South Carolina Specialty Crop Growers Association, Stevie Still of the South Carolina Watermelon Association and Michelle Cantey of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. Marc Goldman of Morton Williams with Chris Downs and Jaime Failing of Taylor Farms.  Hans Weaver of Earth Sources and Wayne Hendrickson of Four Seasons Produce. Matt Denucci of Hampton Farms, Corrine Barry of Dole Fresh Vegetables and Jeff Garcia of Ventura Foods. Celso Murillo, Ernie Santos and Rory O’Connor of GenPro. Tom Cag of Del Monte, Tom Marrolli of Always Fresh and Derrick Bender of Fowler Packing Co. Marianne Santo of the Eastern Produce Council. Hugh Weathers of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. EPC's Susan McAleavey Sarlund and Marianne Santo presented Hugh Weathers of SCDA with a $5,000 check for the SC Advocates for Agriculture - Eubanks Farm. Weatherly Thomas of the South Carolina Specialty Crop Growers Association.  Jack Shuler and Katie Pfeiffer of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

EPC members tee off at South Carolina Department of Agriculture meeting

By
Craig Levitt

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and the Eastern Produce Council hosted a night at the driving range at Top Golf in Edison, NJ, on April 27. The event marked the 50th year of the SCDA and EPC relationship. Prior to tee off, Hugh Weathers, the SCDA commissioner, promoted its Grown in SC branding and the crops the state offers, which include peaches, watermelon and specialty crops.

Weathers also paid tribute to Martin Eubanks, former 33-year veteran of the SCDA who died suddenly last year. In honor of Eubanks, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe will establish the Eubanks Farm. John de la Howe is a recently re-established school for high school students and was recently named the third Governor’s School in the state.

The on-campus commercial fruit and vegetable operation will provide hands-on horticultural experience for students to prepare them for a future career in the produce industry through the use of state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

In support of the school and to honor Eubanks, the EPC presented a check for $5,000. “Martin Eubanks was a fixture at the EPC/South Carolina dinners for more than 30 years and he is dearly missed,” said  Marianne Santo, president of the EPC.

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