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SC Farm and Agribusiness Expo Grain Bin Rescue and Commissioner’s Breakfast

South Carolina Department of Agriculture

Hugh Weathers, Commissioner
Media Contact: Kelly Coakley, 803‐734‐2196,


COLUMBIA, S.C. – The 2014 SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo will highlight the importance of farm safety with grain bin rescue demonstrations and training. Commissioner Hugh Weathers will participate in the first rescue demo January 16 at 12:30 p.m., when experts rescue him from a partially filled grain bin.

The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) is conducting the safety training and will teach first responders, farmers and other agriculture workers the proper way to enter a bin and how to rescue a trapped person.

Additional rescue demonstrations are set for Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. All demos will happen in the Expo’s outdoor exhibit area at the Florence Civic Center, 3300 West Radio Drive, Florence, 29501. Fire and EMS personnel receive free Expo
admission Friday with their agency provided ID cards.

Commissioner Weathers is also hosting the Commissioner’s Breakfast at 8 a.m. Jan. 17. The Breakfast benefits the South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture. The school is held each summer at Clemson University and is for high school juniors and seniors.

Commissioner Weathers will address the breakfast group. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting

The SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo will offer more than 100 exhibitors, the latest agriculture technology and several educational sessions. For more information on the two-day event, visit

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