Water is an essential part of any agricultural operation in the state of South Carolina.
That’s why South Carolina farmers have been using water responsibly for generations. Farmers are the original conservationists, and work hard to preserve the environment that provides for their livelihood.
The 2010 Surface Water Withdrawal Act was developed with farmers and environmentalists. It’s a good law that’s working today. There are some that would like to ditch this law in order to place unnecessary burdens on our family farmers, who are just trying to feed their fellow citizens.
Charles Wingard is a vegetable farmer and has several hundred acres of vegetable production that depends on surface water for irrigation. “In vegetables, as with most agricultural crops, irrigation is necessary to produce a profitable crop on a consistent basis,” he says.
Jeb Wilson agrees. “It’s very important. It’s essential to the vegetables. You have to irrigate. We irrigate our peaches now. We irrigate all our tomatoes. We are relying on surface water, because we don’t have anything under the ground apparently.”
Farmers in South Carolina are responsible stewards of the resources they are provided. New laws that would restrict their ability to do their jobs and provide for their families would be dangerous for South Carolina’s economy.
“We believe at Farm Bureau to change that Surface Water Withdrawal Act now based on no science whatsoever would be wrong. Until the science proves that this law needs to be changed, Farm Bureau stands behind the Surface Water Withdrawal Act and will support it at this point in time,” added SCFB President Harry Ott.