County Farm Bureau News January 2014
Beaufort County Farm Bureau held a farm tour before Thanksgiving with 52 students (K - 2nd grade) and seven adults attending to learn about farm life. Six 4-H members helped with tour activities. Students alternated around four stations:
(1) animals – students learned about animals and saw mini donkeys, mini horses, lama, goats, sheep, turkeys, geese, chickens, peacocks, ducks, pheasants and quail.
(2) corn – students saw how popcorn grew on stalks, how corn is shucked, and they shelled popcorn and field corn in a mini hand sheller.
(3) pumpkin patch – students were read a story about the pumpkin patch and shown a video was shown. A power point was also used to show the growth cycle and all the varieties of pumpkins and their uses. Each child received a pumpkin and the classes were going to bake seeds at school.
(4) science trailer – students built paper rockets and launched them.
Florence County Farm Bureau held a Legislative Banquet on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Bazen’s Restaurant in Florence, SC.
Pickens County Farm Bureau was very busy the last quarter of 2013. In October, the annual Membership Appreciation Barbeque was held at the Pickens County Farm Bureau facility with approximately 450 people attending. The BBQ is a time for the Farm Bureau Board members and Farm Bureau personnel to get together with the Farm Bureau members to listen to music, eat BBQ, and win prizes.
Pickens County Women’s Committee member, Cory Brown, presented several AG in the Classroom books to Dacusville Elementary School.
In November, Pickens County Farm Bureau in conjunction with the Pickens County Career and Technology Center hosted the Farm City Breakfast. The breakfast was well attended by local industrial and agricultural leaders. The main speaker was Harry Ott, who is the South Carolina representative for the United States Department of Agriculture.
In December, Pickens County had 17 people to attend the SCFB annual meeting. The county won three awards: county performance, most improved county, and women’s activity award.
The county also presented a $500.00 scholarship to Bradley Stokes, whose father is a member. Bradley is studying turf grass management at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.
Clarendon County Farm Bureau President Steve Brunson, Secretary Julie Lee, and her daughter Stormi Lee, teamed up to hand out candy in downtown Manning on Halloween to over 500 kids. This is an annual event put on by the City of Manning to keep children in a safe environment.
Laurens County FB President Doug Stewart was one of three county residents presented with Henry Laurens Awards by Laurens County Council.
The Henry Laurens Award for Meritorious Service is the highest and most prestigious award bestowed by the County of Laurens to its citizens. It is given for distinguished service to Laurens County.
Stewart was recognized for his long-standing public service and leadership in the agricultural community as a businessman and dairyman. He has served the Laurens County Farm Bureau for over 60 years.
York County Farm Bureau and York Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a Legislative and Recognition Dinner on Tuesday October 29, 2013. York County Farm Bureau Director Clint Boyd introduced all guests in attendance, including Senator Wes Hayes, Senator Harvey Peeler, Rep. Gary Simrill, Rep. Ralph Norman, Rep. Tommy Pope, Rep. Raye Felder, County Councilman Joe Cox and County Councilman Britt Blackwell. York County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Women’s Committee members were also present.
At the dinner two awards were presented. The Champion of Conservation Award, sponsored by the Conservation District, recognizes a local farmer who has practiced outstanding conservation efforts to protect natural resources. The 2013 Champion of Conservation Award was presented to Black’s Peaches and Cotton Belt Bakery. Beth White, daughter of York County Farm Bureau President Arthur Black, accepted the award on his behalf.
The Conservation Teacher of the Year Award, cosponsored by the Conservation District and York County T.Y.L.E.R. program, is presented to an educator who has actively worked to enhance environmental and conservation education. The 2013 Conservation Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Tracy Craven, kindergarten teacher at Oakdale Elementary School.
The event was planned by Carolyn Boyd, County Director and Chair of the York County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, Barbara O’Connell, District Coordinator for York Soil and Water Conservation District and Peggy Palmer, Chair of York Soil and Water Conservation District.
At the South Carolina Farm Bureau convention held December 5 - 7, 2013, in Myrtle Beach, SC, York County received a Most Improved County Award given to counties that showed the most improvement over the previous year as well as a County Performance Award. President Arthur Black accepted these awards for the county.
The York County Women’s Committee was also recognized for its outstanding Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. Carolyn Boyd accepted this certificate for the women’s work.
Carolyn Boyd was recognized as second in the state for the membership recruitment drive campaign. She was able to sign up 35 new Farm Bureau members.
The York County Women’s Committee had six ladies to attend the Women’s Luncheon that was held Friday December 6 during the annual meeting in Myrtle Beach.