By BRUCE SMITH
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Getting South Carolinians to spend just $5 more a week on local farm products would go a long way toward boosting the state's small farm economy.
That's one of the conclusions of a new report released this week that was commissioned by the state Department of Agriculture. The report examines ways of turning small farms into big business for the state.
The report says that while South Carolinians spend $11 billion on food each year, more than 90 percent of that money goes for food products produced outside the state.
Other suggestions included include getting farms to share food production infrastructure and establishing food hubs to manage the collecting, distribution and marketing of products from individual farms.