Membership

Membership in the Certified South Carolina Program is made by application to and acceptance by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. All farm producers, food manufacturers, specialty food producers, packing facilities and others engaged in the production or manufacture of agricultural products in South Carolina are eligible to apply.

Certified South Carolina Grown

To be eligible to use the Certified South Carolina Grown logo, the producer shall complete a list of all products he/she grows in South Carolina and wishes to list as Certified SC Grown for approval by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. All items that shall bear or potentially bear the logo or potentially be included in promotional efforts shall be included on the application form and approved by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. Any new items must be sent to the SCDA for approval to update a member product listing. The member shall agree that the SC Grown logo shall only be used on first quality products, grown in South Carolina, that meet the US #1 Quality Grade Standard, or higher U.S. Grade Standards, whichever is the accepted USDA industry grade standard for that commodity. The logo shall not be used on secondary labels or cull products.

 

Certified South Carolina Product

Products that are eligible for inclusion in the program include agricultural products and food products that are manufactured or processed in the state that may or may not always include ingredients grown exclusively in South Carolina. This includes value added products, manufactured food products, and other agricultural products that may be further sorted, graded, blended, processed and packaged, in South Carolina. In addition, Specialty agricultural food businesses located in South Carolina may have an exclusive recipe manufactured in another state, under the South Carolina address and company label, and be eligible for membership in the program. All items that shall bear or potentially bear the logo or potentially be included in promotional efforts shall be included on the application form and approved by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. Any new items must be sent to the SCDA for approval to update a member product listing. All products must meet the accepted USDA or FDA industry standards for the product, whichever is appropriate. Any processed, cooked or manufactured item must be produced and packaged to accepted industry standards in an approved kitchen or facility.


Certified SC Membership Application 
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For more information about participating in the Certified South Carolina program or to receive an application by mail, contact
Ansley Rast Turnblad.