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The South Carolina Department of Agriculture will hold a waste pesticide collection Feb. 20 in St. Matthews from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Middling Cotton, 3401 Bridge St. East.

The pesticide and chemical program is open to all private, commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators in the state, as well as homeowners. SCDA staff will be on site to monitor pesticide collection and disposal, and will have final authority on acceptance of products.

• Chemical and pesticide quantities accepted will be limited to 2,500 pounds of solid and 300 gallons of liquid at no charge.

• Pesticide products accepted include herbicides, insecticides, nematicides, fungicides and similar products used in agricultural production or around the home.

• Rinsate will not be accepted.

• Fertilizer will not be accepted unless it is combined or co-packed with a pesticide such as weed and feed.

• No compressed gas cylinders (metal cylinder with a valve) or empty pesticide containers will be collected.

For additional information about waste pesticide collection, contact SCDA’s John Stokes at 803-737-9696 or jstokes@scda.sc.gov.

Southern States elects new board chairman

Curry Roberts has been elected chairman of the board of directors for Southern States Cooperative, one of the nation’s largest farmer-owned co-ops.

A member of the Southern States board of directors since 1992, Roberts has served as the board’s vice chairman since 2013. He succeeds Raleigh Ward, who reached his term limit after serving as the board’s chairman for the last four years.

“We’re pleased to have Curry chair our board and continue positioning Southern States for the future,” said Southern States President & CEO Jeff Stroburg. “His strong business acumen and ability to lead and inspire others makes him well-suited for success in his new position.”

A native of Bedford County, Virginia, Roberts is president of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, a public/private economic development marketing organization for five localities in central Virginia.

AgSouth photo contest

STATESBORO, Ga. -- AgSouth Farm Credit is accepting entries for its 2018 “mAGnificent” Photo Contest. The contest is open to anyone residing in the 59 Georgia and 34 South Carolina counties served by AgSouth.

“As the name of the contest reflects,” Marketing Director Christy Smith says, “we want to focus on the importance of agriculture and rural living in our territory. We’re looking for photos that showcase our hard working farmers, the beauty of our fields and livestock and the day-to-day goings on of living a life out in the country.”

The contest will run through June 1 and voting from the public will run June 2-20.

Thirteen photos will be declared winners and will be showcased in the association’s annual calendar, Out in the County magazine and social media. The grand prize winner will be featured on the cover and will receive $300. In all, 13 winners will receive cash prizes totaling $1,000.

For official rules and to enter online, visit AgSouthFC.com under the News & Events tab.

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