SC Farmers to get their New Year’s wish – a Hay Ride to the Gulf Coast

Hugh Weathers, Commissioner of Agriculture, has announced that South Carolina farmers will get their New Year's wish courtesy of the South Carolina National Guard - a Hay Ride to the devastated Gulf Coast states.Hugh Weathers, Commissioner of Agriculture, has announced that South Carolina farmers will get their New Year's wish courtesy of the South Carolina National Guard - a Hay Ride to the devastated Gulf Coast states.

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Hugh Weathers, Commissioner of Agriculture, has announced that South Carolina farmers will get their New Year’s wish courtesy of the South Carolina National Guard – a Hay Ride to the devastated Gulf Coast states.

Immediately after hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast, Commissioner Weathers called the Departments of Agriculture in those devastated states to offer our assistance. Officials say that many farmers have lost virtually everything that it takes to say in the business of farming. Several South Carolina producers and cattlemen in the state have already sent hay and supplies to the area. They had more to send, but needed transportation.

Thanks to the South Carolina National Guard, these benefactors will get their wish. The Guard has agreed to supply a convoy of tractor trailers to transport the hay and supplies to the hurricane-stricken states desperately in need. The shipments are expected to leave South Carolina in mid-January.

Anyone who has hay, equipment, feed, supplies, fencing, etc. that they would like to donate is asked to call Mary Ellen Tobias, SC Department of Agriculture Marketing Specialist and Large Animal Emergency Coordinator at 803-734-2349.