WHEREAS, changing state and world conditions, disrupted markets, extremely low commodity prices and drought conditions have created a financial crisis in the agricultural industry in South Carolina; and
WHEREAS, the agricultural financial crisis is resulting in farmers and associated businesses being forced to close their doors; and
WHEREAS, many small minority-owned and family farms are having difficulty finding an appropriate market niche; and
WHEREAS, the difficulties faced by large and small farms and the businesses associated with them are having an extremely deleterious effect on rural South Carolina; and
WHEREAS, a financial crisis in agriculture, one of the largest and most important industries in the state, will adversely affect the well being of the entire state; and
WHEREAS, an effective Farmers Market in Columbia could provide some economic relief to this struggling industry by providing a reliable outlet for alternative crops to the more traditional corn, cotton, soybeans, wheat and tobacco.
NOW, THEREFORE, I hereby establish a Study Committee to Redefine the State's Objectives in Having a State Farmers Market. The Study Committee shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
FURTHER, the Study Committee shall have the following members who shall be appointed by the undersigned, unless otherwise indicated:
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS 13th DAY OF OCTOBER, 1999.
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