The South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation (SCFB) in partnership with the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) will host Food Dialogues®: South Carolina at the Brookland Baptist Banquet and Conference Center in West Columbia on November 12. This local panel discussion will focus on one of the state’s most prominent agricultural topics – water use. This topic is also of growing consumer concern across the country as water-related challenges continue and water allocated for agriculture is under discussion.

“The Food Dialogues are a place where individuals from across the food production spectrum can come together and have a constructive conversation about issues facing today’s agriculture,” said SCFB President David Winkles. “There are additional issues, however, that need to be addressed for our local consumers, including their concerns over water availability and use, and we are excited to answer their most pressing questions.”

The water-use panel discussion will focus on the relationship between food and water. The event will be moderated by David Stanton, a former broadcast news anchor, public affairs program host and political debate moderator.

A Closer Look at South Carolina’s Water Needs from 10:30 a.m. to noon EDT with questions such as: what are the state’s water needs? What options, such as the Surface Water Act of 2010, have been employed or evaluated to address those needs?

Panelists:
  • Charles Wingard, Vice President of Field Operations, Walter P. Rawl & Sons
  • Loni Rikard, Owner and Director of Operations, Rocky Wells Agri-Services, LLC & Rocky Wells Trucking, Inc.
  • David Wilson, Chief, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Bureau of Water
  • Lisa Jones Turanski, Chief Program Officer, Coastal Conservation League
Balancing the Demands for Water with the Need to Grow and Raise Food from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT with questions such as: is agriculture the biggest user of water in the state? Are there technologies we can employ to better manage water being used by agriculture? What more can agriculture, business and residential users of water do to be more efficient users of this precious commodity?

Panelists:

  • Charles Wingard, Vice President of Field Operations, Walter P. Rawl & Sons
  • Loni Rikard, Owner and Director of Operations, Rocky Wells Agri-Services, LLC & Rocky Wells Trucking, Inc.
  • David Baize, Assistant Chief, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Bureau of Water
  • Lisa Jones Turanski, Chief Program Officer, Coastal Conservation League
  • Jason Rodgers, Vice President of Operations,Titan Farms
  • Bill Spangler, Congaree Riverkeeper
 “Many of USFRA’s affiliates have access to local experts, influencers, farmers and ranchers who are ready and willing to address questions about the unique relationship between the food we grow and the water needed to grow it. These experts will address issues that are of national and local interest, sharing and tailoring the discussion to the South Carolina audience,” said Nancy Kavazanjian, chairwoman of USFRA.