April 22, 2014

Newberry County Farm Bureau hosted their Legislative Banquet in February. Senator Ronnie Cromer and Representative Walt McLeod attended along with local county council and school board members. A country fried steak supper was served.

Newberry County Farm Bureau was represented by ten young people at the South Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference.

Newberry County Farm Bureau board members and State Directors recently enjoyed the Piedmont/Central District Mid Session Legislative Dinner held in Newberry at the Firehouse Conference Center.

Two ladies from Newberry County attended the Piedmont District Women’s Committee meeting in Laurens.

Cherokee County Farm Bureau

Jessica Cook began as a freshman at Clemson University receiving both the Cherokee County Farm Bureau Scholarship and the Cherokee County Soil and Water Conservation Scholarship. She is now a senior majoring in animal and veterinary science with a concentration in Pre-veterinary medicine.

As she became a Clemson Tiger she began to join a variety of agriculture related clubs. It was Block and Bridle, the largest agricultural club at the University, which caught her eye. Jessi became the Treasurer as a junior and then the President as a senior.

Later she also served as the Treasurer for the Clemson Chapter of Ducks Unlimited as well as a member of Clemson’s National Wild Turkey Federation committee. She was also involved with the Pre-Vet club and Poultry Science club. Toward the end of her college career in 2013, she was awarded the Robert R. Coker scholarship from SC Farm Bureau. Now that she has entered into her final semester as a Clemson student, she is looking forward to the end of her journey at Tuskegee University school of Veterinary Medicine class of 2018.

Jessi is the step-daughter of John Mayfield, who serves on Cherokee County FB board of directors and as a member of the SCFB equine advisory committee.

Clarendon County Farm Bureau

Board member Mac Eaddy and secretary Julie Lee went to Laurence Manning Academy and read to Mrs. Vassar Turner's K4 class. The county purchased 25 books from the American Farm Bureau titled “Using My Plate” to donate to the schools in Clarendon County.

Florence County Farm Bureau

Florence County Farm Bureau participated in the SC Agri-Biz & Farm Expo on January 16th and 17th, 2014. Several board members and women committee members volunteered to assist with the Ag-Simulator.

On February 17, 2014, Mrs. Faith Lawrimore-Truesdale conducted a President’s Day program called “Farmer George Feeds a Nation” and included a wheat demonstration for Mt. Zion Afterschool Program.

She also read “How did that get in my Lunchbox” to Hanna-Pamplico Elementary Afterschool Program on February 28, 2014. Florence County Farm Bureau donated $100 worth of food items to the McLeod Guest House in Florence for Food Check-Out Week on February 25, 2014. The Florence County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee donated an additional $175 in food/non-food items. A total of $275 was contributed by Florence County. The FCFB Women’s Committee also donated puzzles and games to the McLeod Guest House.

Florence County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee donated $100 to HELP 4 KIDS PROGRAM on February 25, 2014. This program sends snacks/bagged lunches home with kids on Friday to insure they have food over the weekend.

Florence County Farm Bureau held a Feral Hog Workshop on February 21, 2014. The workshop was held at Lynches River County Park.

FCFB had three board members to attend the Mid-Session Legislative Meeting on March 18, 2014.

FCFB had three ladies from Women’s Committee to attend Women’s Day at the Statehouse on March 25, 2014.

FCFB had 8 ladies to attend the Women’s District Meeting on March 31, 2014.

Richland County Farm Bureau

New County Director Charles Sharpe attended the New Officers and Director's School on January 21, 2014.

County Director and State Director John Fogle was concerned about paying a commercial tax rate ranging from 20 to 25% over non -farm trucks for 15 years. Since the SC Legislature sets the 15 year commercial rate for farm tags, he contacted his SC House Representative Joe McEachern.

Representative McEachern was willing to help farmers in this state by introducing legislation to resolve this unfair tax. Rep. McEachern also found support from the State Auditors Association. Legislation was introduced in the House on January 16, 2014. Legislation was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means as House Bill 4513. John Fogle was called in April to address the House Committee on Ways and Means in regards to this bill; however, he was informed that the Committee didn't have time to discuss the bill in this session.

In February, Richland County donated $250 to the Central District Food Check-Out Week for the Ronald McDonald House.

County President Jim Wise attended the FFA Antique Tractor and Ag Show at Lexington Technical Center on March 8, 2014. County Director John Fogle attended the Mid- Session Legislation Meeting in Newberry on March 17, 2014.

County President Jim Wise attended the Lexington County YF&R High School Discussion Meeting at the State Farmers Market on March 27, 2014.

County Membership Chair Charlie "Bill" Bouknight and County Treasurer Ronnie Alcorn helped work the membership booth and run the Ag Simulator at the 2014 Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic on March 30, 2014.

Richland County FB awarded two $1,000 scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year.

County Director, former County Secretary, and YF&R Chairman Charlie Bronson Jr. passed away on April 5, 2014.

Obituary Charlie Bronson Jr. passed away at Providence Hospital on Saturday, April 5, 2014. He was the son of the late Charlie, Sr. and Evan (Hallie) Taylor Bronson of Calhoun County. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture and a Master's of Arts Degree in Education from the former South Carolina State College in Orangeburg. Mr. Bronson served in the United States Army as a first lieutenant during the Korean conflict spending 18 months in Korea. Charlie was employed by Clemson University as an Associate County Extension agent for 34 years. Mr. Charlie Bronson, Jr. was an active member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, USA until the decline of his health. He served as a Deacon, Elder, a member of the Chancel Choir and the Presbyterian Men's organization. Bronson was a member of the South Carolina State University Alumni Association, a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and the Epsilon Sigma Phi, the National Extension Fraternity. He served on the Tri-County Electric Cooperative Board, representing District I, Section A of the co- cooperative service area from 1972 to 2009. He held the position of treasurer for the Co-Op for many years and received certification to hold the office of a Co-Op Trustee. He also held the position of secretary of the Richland County Farm Bureau Association for many years. The National Association of County Agriculture Agents (NACAA) and the Association of Retired Clemson Extension Employees (ARCEE) were two organizations in which Charlie was affiliated. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Frankie Brooks Bronson, of Gadsden, South Carolina. Left to cherish his love and memories are his loving and committed wife, Elizabeth S. Bronson, of Columbia; one daughter, Margaret (Garry) Williams, of Covington, Georgia; one grandson, Anthony Backmon (Laryna), of Paradise, California; two great grandchildren, Keishawn and Javon Backmon; one brother, Harry Govan, of Orangeburg, South Carolina; He also leaves his love and wisdom to his "adopted nephew," Anthony (Gail) Donaldson, of Greensboro, North Carolina; and his "adopted daughter, Dr. Phyllis W. Sanders, of Columbia, South Carolina. His loving cousins and friends will have treasurable memories.

Beaufort County Farm Bureau

We took a family from New Mexico and Hilton Head on a tour of the farm. The kids had fun riding in the back of the pick-up. They saw how a tractor is used to feed a large bale of hay to the cows. Then they were allowed to unroll the rest of the bale when it became small enough for them to push.

They fed Noel, the pet cow, and Quaker, the pet goat, their favorite treats which are ginger snaps. The children searched for good teeth from old cow bones. Their grandfather polished the teeth and made necklaces for the girls and some of their friends. Lastly they hunted for sharks’ teeth and found quite a few. All had a wonderful farm experience.

Sixteen dozen chicken, duck and turkey eggs were incubated at four schools with students being taught lessons. The eggs are beginning to hatch.

Pickens County Farm Bureau

In January, the Pickens County Farm Bureau Federation president (George Bryant), vice president (Frank Brezeale), and their spouses attended the American Farm Bureau National convention in San Antonio, Texas. They attended the conference classes and local tours.

February was a busy month for our Women's Committee chair, Sharon King. She and three ladies from the Women's Committee visited the Ronald McDonald house as part of the Food Check Out Week. Sharon and her husband, Tommy King (Horticulture Chair), attended a Legislative Breakfast in Columbia concerning nursery issues. They also attended a Trade Show in Myrtle Beach as vendors.

In March, PCFB had a full board meeting to set the budget for the year and to discuss upcoming events for the year. George Bryant and several board members attended a breakfast for the nominee for the House Representatives seat that is open in our district. We also had seven ladies attend the Women's Day at the State House.