Conservation Partnership Field Day at Cooper Family Farms – Bishopville, SC

Mar 15, 20189:00 amto2:00 pm

SC New and Beginning Farmer Program regional workshop in Kershaw County, SC, hosted by the Richland and Kershaw Soil and Water Conservation Districts with the support of several sponsors:

Conservation Partnership Field Day at Cooper Family Farms

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 9am-2pm
209 Stokes Rd.
Bishopville, SC 29010

This event is free with lunch included, but preregistration is required!  Register online at or RSVP to Charlie Fisher or (803) 576-2080.  A printable flyer is attached. 

Details:  Farmers and natural resource professionals are invited to meet the Cooper Family of Kershaw County and learn how they’ve partnered with USDA-NRCS and other organizations to add high tunnel vegetable production to their farm enterprise, improve soil health through cover cropping and reduced tillage, conserve water through efficient irrigation practices, and create habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects.  Enjoy a BBQ lunch, tour the farm and network with farmers and natural resource professionals!

Speakers and session topics include:

  • High Tunnels – Gena Moore, Organic Research Coordinator, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • Pollinator Habitat – Sudie Daves Thomas, Wildlife Biologist, USDA-NRCS
  • Cover Crops and Soil Health – Gordon Mikell, Conservation Agronomist, USDA-NRCS and Dr. Buz Kloot, Associate Professoor, USC
  • Irrigation Efficiency and Water Conservation – Dr. Dara Park, Soil and Water Specialist, Clemson University
  • Technical and Financial Assistance through USDA-NRCS – Kellee Melton, Assistant State Conservationist, USDA-NRCS
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