FLORENCE, S.C. – Hyman Vineyards in Conway will receive $275,000 from a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Value-Added Producer grant during the third annual Research, Agriculture, Industry and Nature (RAIN) Conference, Friday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.
The conference will be held at the Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center at 2200 Pocket Road in Florence and is being hosted by Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, Francis Marion University, Hyman Vineyards, Integrated Environmental Technologies and the S.C. Energy’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.
Hyman Vineyards will use this grant to help create 17 jobs and save three jobs throughout the Pee Dee region. Rural development programs provide loans and grants to the residents of rural communities.
The focus of the RAIN conference is to bring farmers and those interested in the future of South Carolina agriculture together to learn and discuss how to: develop and market enhanced value-added agricultural products and services; preserve and sustain agriculture for the overall quality of life and profitability in South Carolina; and obtain federal funds in support of this initiative, such as the $275,000 grant to be awarded to Hyman Vineyards. Topics such as agritourism, agrinomics and the growing of native fruits and veggies such as muscadine grapes will be discussed at the conference.
For more information about rural development programs and grants similar to the one Hyman Vineyards will receive, visit the U.S.D.A.’s Rural Development Office website at www.rurdev.usda.gov
If you are interested in attending the conference, contact Jody Martin at (843) 661-4800, ext. 115 or at www.scmuscadines.org.