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Department of Agriculture closes offices to public, Farmers' Markets remain open

COLUMBIA — In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Gov. Henry McMaster’s March 19 executive order, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture is closing all physical office locations to the public.

Their three state farmers markets, the one in the Dixiana portion of Lexington County and the two others in Greenville, and Florence, will remain open for regular business. They urge you to support South Carolina farmers during this time of crisis.

SCDA staff are still available by phone and email, with many working remotely during the COVID-19 response.

They will continue accepting deliveries via UPS, USPS and FedEx. Laboratory samples and hemp permit applications can still be dropped off at their Consumer Protection Division facility at 123 Ballard Court in West Columbia.

For up-to-date information and resources, visit their COVID-19 page at

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