Ott elected PABC vice chair
COLUMBIA -- The Palmetto AgriBusiness Council announced the election of officers for 2019.
Cam Crawford, president and CEO of the Forestry Association of South Carolina, was elected chairman. Harry L. Ott Jr., president of the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, was elected vice chairman; and Sarah Windham, Partner with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP was re-elected secretary/treasurer.
PABC represents some of the largest agribusiness employers in the state with a mission to promote the economic viability of South Carolina’s largest industry.
A member of the PABC board since 2011, Crawford has served as vice chairman and secretary treasurer of the organization.
Ott is a row crop farmer from Calhoun County, where he and his brother, Mark, produce cotton, corn and peanuts on the family farm near St. Matthews. A graduate of Clemson University, he served in the South Carolina House of Representatives for 15 years. He was state director for the USDA Farm Service Agency for South Carolina before becoming Farm Bureau president in in 2015.
Windham has been practicing as a CPA since 2001 and throughout her career with Dixon Hughes Goodman has developed extensive experience in financial areas, including tax planning, business consultation and generational wealth planning/sccession planning.
8 from S.C. in cotton leadership positions
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Eight South Carolina cotton industry members have been elected to leadership positions in the National Cotton Council for 2019.
Re-elected as a NCC vice president was David Hastings, a Mauldin textile official. Elected to the NCC Board of Directors was Drake Perrow, a Cameron ginner. Jordan Lea, a Greenville merchant, and William Bowen, an Inman textile official, were re-elected as directors. Re-elected as a board adviser was former NCC senior vice president John Maguire of Hilton Head Island.
William Bull of Cameron and Daniel Baxley of Dillon were re-elected as the NCC’s American Cotton Producers’ South Carolina co-chairmen.
Lea was re-elected as the NCC’s South Carolina state unit chairman; James Patterson, a York cottonseed merchandiser, was elected as vice chairman; and Perrow re-elected as unit secretary.
These leaders were named at the recent 2019 NCC Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
The Memphis-based NCC brings together industry representatives from the 17 cotton-producing states to establish policies reflecting the common interests and promoting mutual benefits for its broad membership and ancillary industries.
Transload facility at Inland Port Dillon
CHARLESTON – The South Carolina Ports Authority has announced new infrastructure supporting agriculture export growth with the opening of C&M Hog Farm’s transload facility, which handles soybeans and other local products bound for overseas markets via Inland Port Dillon.
“The expansion of C&M is exciting news that reflects the benefits of Inland Port Dillon for farming and agricultural business across the Carolinas,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome.
Demand for facilities to transload North and South Carolina agriculture products ranging from soybeans to grains, peanuts and animal feeds has increased significantly since the opening of Inland Port Dillon in April 2018. In addition to next-day rail service to and from SCPA’s marine terminals, Inland Port Dillon provides local access to empty containers and the added cost benefit of a round-trip pipeline for loaded containers.
“C&M is a great example of how the Inland Port is creating new opportunities of growth for our state’s farmers. And as we continue growing our agribusiness industry, I know Inland Port Dillon will continually be vital to future expansion opportunities," South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers said.
Established in 1987, C&M is an independent hog farm, local grain elevator and trucking company located in Latta.