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South Carolina farmers need our support.

Family farmers in South Carolina produce many of the things that we use in our everyday lives. They produce fresh, healthy fruits, vegetables and meat to eat. They also produce material used in the clothes we wear, the vehicles we drive and the homes we live in.

Without their hard work and dedication – the world we enjoy would be vastly different.

Farmers feed us, protect the environment and play a critical role in sustaining our economy. They do that for their families and ours. Farmers contend with Mother Nature, drought, pests and even fluctuation in demand. Now they must deal with political attacks that could stop them from watering the crops in a time of need.

Lawmakers are being asked to choose politics over science in determining how crops are irrigated on family farms in South Carolina. In times of bad weather, drought and other farming crisis – South Carolina farmers need our support, not lawsuits and political games.

The cost of politics could cost farmers their crops!

Please join us now and tell your legislators to oppose rushing through new laws and to support South Carolina family farmers.

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Water for South Carolina Food

Special interest groups are attacking family farmers in South Carolina in an attempt to fool lawmakers into stopping their ability to irrigate crops. They are using scare tactics like claiming that farmers will “kill our rivers” to advance a political agenda. Their goal is to inject politics into the scientific process our farmers use to determine their ability to use surface water for crops that feed us, clothe us and house us.

Can you imagine a family farmer in South Carolina “killing” a river?

The plain truth is that no river is going to be “killed” by any farmer in this state. Last year, these special interests said farmers would “suck dry” the Edisto River, yet absolutely nothing happened.

Not only do farmers and their families depend on these waters to grow their crops but they are on the front lines of conservation in our communities. SC farmers are using cutting edge techniques like “drip irrigation” that’s up to 90% more efficient for water crops.

You can read the facts about farming and water right here.

Family farmers work hand-in-hand with South Carolina agencies to protect our rivers and to determine safe yields. We must keep special interest politics out of this scientific process.

Please use the form on the right to contact legislators and tell them to stand up for SC farmers and their families.

They work hard for us, let’s stand up for them!

Farmers are Local Environmentalists

The fact is South Carolina family farmers are members of our community. They care about what happens to the environment, perhaps more than most of us. After all, they depend on the water and the land providing the bounty that sustains them. To that end, SC farmers are at the fore front of emerging practices to protect the environment.

An increasing number of farmers and ranchers are working to make their operations more recyclable and self-sustaining. This means doing more to reuse materials on the farm, minimize waste and reduce the need to bring in energy from outside sources.

Many farms today are capturing and reusing the water they need to raise animals and grow crops. They’re creating closed-loop systems by using animal manure as fertilizer on crops. On some farms this is a self-contained cycle, while on others it represents an arrangement between crop farmers and animal ranchers.

Efficiently managing resources, harnessing natural processes, and reducing waste have always been part of what successful farmers and ranchers do. Moving forward, they will continue to find ways to reuse and recycle as much as possible and invest it right back into farms.

Despite all of that, special interest groups are claiming that family farmers should be held up by political fighting and law suits. For example, during a drought a farmer might be forced to stop irrigating his crops to have public hearings, file requests and fight in court. All the while – the farmers crops will die.

That affects all of us.

Please don’t let that happen. Sign our petition today and tell legislators to stand with family farmers.

Support Farmers Not Politics

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) states plainly that “effective water planning and management requires an accurate assessment of the location and quantity of the water resources of the state.” In other words, decisions about our water use must be made using sound science, not politics or lawsuits brought by special interests.

Unfortunately, those special interests are pushing lawmakers to pollute that scientific approach by rushing through changes to existing laws. Currently, SCDNR is conducting it’s statewide water assessment which will be completed this summer. It’s suspicious that they won’t wait for the science but rather are pushing to create a politicized process that will hurt farmers and their ability to water crops.

SC family farmers support the statewide water assessment and rely on the science to grow their crops, which in turn feeds our state.

Additionally, these groups are trying to change a law that took five years to create. Groups from all sides, including environmental groups, came to the table to establish this law – and it’s working! Everyone, including farmers, must register their water use and allow the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to determine that the use is within a scientifically established “safe yield”.

This law was enacted after input from many different organizations, including:

SC Manufacturers Alliance, SC Chamber of Commerce, SC Utilities and Electric Cooperatives, SC Existing Public Water Systems, International Paper, Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, SC Association of REALTORS®, Coastal Conservation League, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, SC Sierra Club, SC Camo Coalition, SC Wildlife Federation, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC Department of Natural Resources, and Riverkeeper organizations.

It’s time to tell legislators enough politics! Our farmers have a job to do – providing for South Carolina.

Farming Affects Us All

We all know that supporting local family farmers is critical to have access to locally produced food and an abundance of healthy choices in what we decide to eat. We know where our food comes from and we know how it was produced. It also reduces the environmental impact of transporting lumber, cotton, and other products that we use every single day. In South Carolina, 97% of our farms are family owned and operated.

These family farmers share our values, they understand the things we believe are important and they join us all in protecting the valuable resources we have in this state. Despite what some special interests might say, farmers are on the front line working with the land and protecting the environment like their life depended on it.

Because, in the end, a quality and sustainable environment is key to having a successful farm.

We must stand with South Carolina farmers in opposing rushed proposals that would hurt farming in this state.

Please don’t let them distort the truth. Sign our petition today and tell legislators to stand with farmers!

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