EPC members tee off at South Carolina Department of Agriculture meeting
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.