As of October 29, 2013
Beaufort County FB Male Ambassador Elliott Mayer and Youth Leadership Conference participants, Carli Cline, Dema Shipsey and Hezzy Jordan helped serve 1,679 Cups of “FREE” PET ice cream to children and adults during Children’s Day at the Beaufort Water Festival using the SCFB Promotional Trailer. PET donated 150 boxes of chocolate, vanilla, birthday cake and chocolate chip cookie dough. We served a lot of adults who expressed thanks for our efforts. They could not believe it was FREE! We always tell adults it is compliments of PET and FB farmers.
During the Water Festival Parade, a Massey Ferguson Tractor pulled a 16 foot trailer decorated with an antique garden plow and an antique garden seeder displaying the Beaufort County Farm Bureau Banner overhead. Nestled in the loose hay were watermelons, an assortment of vegetables and sunflowers. The float had seven riders who sat on bales of decorated hay. The riders included children that we sponsored at Ecology Camp, Youth Leadership Conference, Junior Talent, and Women’s Committee members. Membership Drive Chair, April Busby and three helpers walked beside the float and handed out SC Farmer magazines, rulers, folders, pencils, and farm fact booklets in an effort to attract new members. In addition to the float were six antique tractors, two antique trucks, and a John Deere gator. The tractors displayed NO Farmers NO Food sign, Beaufort County FB Women’s Committee sign, and the American Flag. WTOC-TV out of Savannah broadcast the parade live and the float made the local paper the following week.
ECO Camp (Ecology) was held July 15- July 18 (Monday-Thursday) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Mossy Oaks Elementary School put on by the Beaufort Conservation District for children ages 6-12. Beaufort County FB Women’s Committee sponsored four children to attend the camp at $75 each and provided lunch (hotdogs, chips, home-made chocolate chip cookies and drinks) on the last day of camp. Helping to serve lunch were Ann Ackerman and Laura Hansen. Camp theme was “Backyard Habitats.”
Pickens County Farm Bureau has had two directors meet with a DOT representative in regard to Farm Vehicle Safety regulations. Pickens County President, George Bryant met with Senator Larry Martin and Representative Davey Hiott about the Twelve Mile River Project and what it means to Pickens County. We had a meeting with the Clemson Extension coordinator, Dr. James Blake, who updated us about the services that the Extension center provides. George Bryant and Tommy King (Horticulture Chair) met with Congressman Jeff Duncan about immigration and its impact on agriculture. The county set up a booth for membership and its benefits at the Dacusville Farm Show. We had eight ladies attend the SCFB Women’s Conference.
On August 3, 2013, Florence County Farm Bureau held an Ag Breakfast at Jimmy Poston’s Clubhouse in Johnsonville. SCFB President David Winkles and SCFB GR Director Gary Spires were speakers at this event. The importance of agriculture and being a Farm Bureau member were discussed and four new members and two renewal applications were received.
On August 27, 2013, Mrs. Rhett Bacot and her granddaughter, Summer, delivered baskets to teachers at Dewey L Carter and Savannah Grove Elementary Schools. The baskets included a letter from Mrs. Rhett asking teachers to visit our website for more information about our AITC program.
On August 27, 2013, Florence County Farm Bureau hosted a SCFB Young Farmer presentation in the county office. Mrs. Faith Lawrimore Truesdale, YF&R Coordinator, and Mr. Neal Baxley, State YF&R Chair, completed a video/presentation to the young farmers in attendance. Two new young farmer members were written.
On September 17, 2013, Mrs. Rhett Bacot gave out ice cream cups, Farm Bureau coloring books and stickers to Mrs. Miller’s 1st grade class at Dewey L Carter Elementary School.
York County Farm Bureau held its annual business meeting on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 7:00 pm. Everyone enjoyed a prime rib dinner before the meeting. President Arthur Black welcomed everyone. Guests attending were David Winkles, President of SCFB Federation; Mrs. Betty Jackson, Central District Ladies Chair; Allen Beer, Vice President Central District and his wife, Patricia; Jimmie Pridmore York CFB Emeritus Director; Maci Boyd and Logan Cogdill, York CFB Youth Leadership Representatives; and their parents, Alvin and Patricia Boyd and Wendell and Tammy Cogdill.
In 2002, the York County Fair discontinued having livestock competitions. A group of parent volunteers (some Farm Bureau members), along with the agents of the Clemson Extension, decided to hold their own livestock show so our local livestock kids would have somewhere to show their animals.
They wrote a letter explaining the situation asking local businesses and individuals for donations as sponsors. They also held fundraisers, raffles, etc. to raise the needed funds to put on a livestock show with premiums, ribbons and prizes. These sponsors, including York County Farm Bureau, stepped up and overwhelmed them with their financial support that very first year.
Local Farm Bureau members, Tony and Beverly Callahan, offered their property and facilities at High Tension Ranch in York free of charge for the first ever York County Fall Livestock Show in October 2002. That very first year, shows were held for meat goats, dairy cattle, beef cattle, and horses.
This show has grown into one of the most popular events for livestock kids from all over South Carolina. This year, 148 exhibitors, ages 5 to 20, came to High Tension Ranch on September 13 & 14 to show their goats, sheep, beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, and chickens.
Over the past 11 years, the commitment of their sponsors has not waned. The York County Farm Bureau has been there for this group of volunteers and livestock kids every single year. Their financial support as a Gold Sponsor with a $300.00 donation each year was made even sweeter when they increased their donation to a $1000.00 gift in 2010.
They have maintained this larger gift each year to present, becoming one of the two top financial supporters of the York County Fall Livestock Show. The planning committee over the years has advertised each sponsor through announcements during their shows, ads in their exhibitor books, and this year used banners hanging around the arenas during the shows.
The York County Farm Bureau provided the show with their own banners as well as having Chris Stephenson, York County Farm Bureau Agency Manager, set up a booth with membership information. York County Farm Bureau was also represented well in the concession stand where county secretary Sandra Robbins volunteered her time and talents selling hot dogs, hamburgers, and nachos with all the fixings. York County Farm Bureau has invested in what has evolved into a lasting tradition for York County and South Carolina by making this commitment to current and possibly future members.
York County Farm Bureau is deeply saddened to share the news of the tragic passing of Sara Ann Comer. Sara Ann, 21, was a senior at Clemson University majoring in Agricultural Education. Sara Ann was full of life and laughter.
She was an active member of York County’s YF&R Committee. She had served on the Farm-City Day Committee, had been a state finalist for the Excellence in Agriculture award and was involved in Clemson’s collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter.
Throughout high school and college Sara Ann had been a strong advocate for agriculture in the community. She served as a chapter FFA officer, Miss York County Livestock, and received numerous scholarships, including the 2013-2014 York County Farm Bureau scholarship.
Sara Ann, a native of Hickory Grove SC, was a member of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church. She is survived by her parents, Doug and Marty Comer of Hickory Grove; maternal grandparents, Bob and Martha Williams of York; paternal grandparents, Marion and Julia Comer of Hickory Grove; brothers Lealon Comer and Travis Comer; and sister Laura Comer, all of Hickory Grove. Sara Ann’s presence will be greatly missed by all.
Five Ladies from the York County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee attended the Women’s Conference in Aiken on September 23-24. Those attending were Peggy Harshaw, Annette Boyd, Helen Myers, Anna Turney and Carolyn Boyd.
All the ladies enjoyed the activities and the tours that were very well planned. The banquet on Monday night was especially unique to see all the “Hats” the ladies wore. The York County Farm Bureau would like to express a special “Thanks” to Frances Price, Betty Jackson, Kristi Shirer, Joye Davis, and Janice Wood for all of their hard work in planning al of the women’s activities during the year. They along with Faith Lawrimore do a wonderful job.
York County had its first Young Farmer and Rancher meeting on September 26, 2013, at the McConnells Ballfield in McConnells SC. A wonderful home meal of fried pork chops, greens, potato salad and corn bread was served with choices of coconut pie and pound cake for dessert. Faith Lawimore was the presenter. She discussed the benefits of Farm Bureau membership, opportunities available, and how to get the chapter started. A great time of fellowship was had by all. The Young Farmer Chapter now has eight official members with more planning to join soon.
The South Carolina Farm Bureau Ag Simulator was one of the attractions at the Annual Pumpkin Festival held on September 28 at the Bush-N-Vine in York. Visitors to the farm, owned by Farm Bureau Director Bob Hall, could visit the corn maze, pick their own pumpkins, and learn how crops are grown and harvested in South Carolina. Over 1200 people visited the farm on that Saturday.
York County Farm Bureau President, Arthur Black, shows off his newest tractor with the latest technology in multitasking and fuel efficiency. He can now plow his fields and feed his cows at the same time.
As of July 23, 2013
Aiken County Farm Bureau provided free ice cream to athletes and spectators at the Special Olympics held on April 19, 2013.
Colleton County Farm Bureau: Each year Pam Frazier, a 2nd grade teacher at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, hatches chicks in her classroom from eggs that she gets from local farmers. Colleton County FB has helped to supply her with eggs for the last three years.
Pam says that the students always enjoy watching the chicks hatch in the incubator she puts in the classroom and lets the children help take care of the eggs. She uses the exercise to discuss the life cycle of a chicken as well as its habitat. She also said that students are always surprised when a chick hatches and it's not yellow.
Florence County Farm Bureau: On May 21, 2013, Florence County FB Women’s Chair Rhett Bacot, Florence County FB President Charles Brigman, Judy Brigman, and Lisa Lee assisted over 100 sixth graders with the SCFB Ag Simulator. This event was held at Dewey L. Carter Elementary School.
On May 21, 2013, Charles Brigman attended an equine meeting at the Horry County Extension Service office. Mr. Brigman acquired one new membership for Horry County Farm Bureau at this meeting.
Charles Brigman, Judy Brigman, Phil Britton, Janie Barefoot and Lisa Lee participated in the 2013 SC Farmers Festival on June 15, 2013. The event took place at the Bean Market in Lake City, SC. The purpose of this event/booth was to inform the public about the importance of being a Farm Bureau Member and to acquire new FB members.
On June 24, 2013, to promote Dairy Month Rhett Bacot and her granddaughter gave away ice cream cups to teachers/students at Dewey L. Carter Elementary School and at Southside Middle School.
Georgetown County Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee members participated in Career Day activities at several of the elementary schools in Georgetown County. In April, Patsy Williams, Women's Chair, and Malene Baxley visited fourth graders at Andrews Elementary School and shared information about ag-related careers by playing a bingo game. Packets of seeds were popular as prizes. Each teacher received a classroom set of Spring Ag-tivity books, Ag-Mag-Beef magazines, a teacher's guide, and pencils.
Four students from Georgetown County attended the SCFB Youth Leadership Conference in June.
Each year, Georgetown County Farm Bureau offers two scholarships to graduating seniors whose parents are members of Farm Bureau and who have been accepted into an agriculture-related college program of study. This year’s recipients are Seth LeGette and Tyler Pyatt, both students at Carvers Bay High School. Tyler and Seth attended the SCFB Youth Leadership Conference during the summer of 2012.
Shirley Cribb and Malene Baxley attended the SCFB Women's Day at the State House on March 19, 2013. Patsy Williams, Frances Owens, and Malene Baxley attended the Pee Dee District meeting in Florence.
Pickens County Farm Bureau held a full board meeting on May 28, 2013, with guest speaker Amy Bishop from Greenbrier Farms in Dacusville. Greenbrier Farms is a local CSA that specializes in grass fed beef and organic vegetables.
On June 10, Cory Brown from the Women’s Committee handed out agricultural materials at the Dacusville Elementary as part of their Summer Fun series.
On June 17, Women’s Chair Sharon King attended the Summer Fun series at the Hampton Memorial Library in Easley. Mrs. King brought in the SC Farm Bureau Ag Simulator and handed out crayons and coloring books. This educated the children on farm procedures, hay production, and farm equipment. She had 130 children who attended and each had a great time learning about agriculture.
Pickens Farm Bureau held their annual Legislative Banquet on June 28. The meeting was attended by House of Representatives members Phil Owens and Davey Hiott. Members of the Pickens County council were also in attendance.
Richland County Farm Bureau sponsored Christine Shanon to attend the SCFB Youth Leadership Conference in June. A Richland County teacher also attended the 2013 AITC Summer Teacher Institute.
Richland County FB contributed $500.00 to help sponsor the 4th annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival on July 20, 2013, and also contributed $500.00 toward the purchase of golf cart for the 2013 Palmetto Palate silent auction on July 25, 2013.
Williamsburg County Farm Bureau has awarded two scholarships this year to Baker Myers and Nathan Harrington, both of whom are both Clemson students majoring in agricultural related fields. Williamsburg FB also sponsored a young person this summer to attend 4-H Camp and sent two students, Elizabeth Jane Daniels and Kate Carsten, to the SCFB Youth Leadership Conference in June,
Mary Sutton, Women’s Leadership Committee Chair and Jolie Brown, 4-H agent with Clemson Extension, visited Williamsburg Academy to teach the students about lunchbox meals and how everything in their lunches was grown on the farm. The two also visited Hemingway Elementary, and in addition to the same program, they also scheduled the Ag-Simulator for the children to experience.
Williamsburg County FB has new State Director, Mike Grier, who has been a long time Williamsburg County FB Board member, past president, and full time farmer. We also have a new insurance agent, Kelly Williamson, who just graduated from Clemson University with a degree in agriculture and has farming experience. He should be very helpful to all of our customers, but especially farmers.
The Williamsburg County FB Board has been very busy in the past getting enough signatures to pass a referendum authorizing a vote on whether the county would like to keep its current form of government or change to a council/administrator government. The council/administrator system would allow county council to hire a qualified administrator to oversee daily operations of county business with the guidance of each councilperson. The special election is set for July 30, 2013.
York County Farm Bureau: Arthur Q. Black, President of York County Farm Bureau, has announced that Sara Ann Comer is the recipient of the 2013-2014 York County Farm Bureau Scholarship.
Sara Ann, age 21, daughter of Marty and Doug Comer of Hickory Grove will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000. She is entering her senior year at Clemson University, majoring in Agriculture Education.
This scholarship is awarded to a resident of York County based on character, demonstrated leadership abilities, and dedication to agriculture or a related field, after completing his or her first semester at a four year school of higher education.
On May 8th York County Farm Bureau had the Ag Simulator at the First Baptist Church Preschool in York. The children enjoyed listening to a story on the senses and using the simulator. The Ag Simulator was also at Black’s Peaches on June 8-9 for the Ag & Art Tour weekend in York County. Carolyn Boyd was there to enlist new members for Farm Bureau.
On June 23 Clint and Carolyn Boyd traveled to Charleston to meet with members of the Iowa Farm Bureau. They shared ideas on enlisting new Farm Bureau members.
York County Farm Bureau had two representatives to attend the SCFB Youth Leadership Conference, June 23- 26. They were Macie Olivia Boyd, daughter of Alvin and Patricia Boyd of Rock Hill, and Logan Kendall Cogdill, daughter of Wendell and Tammy Cogdill of Clover.
As of April 23, 2013
Clarendon County FB purchased 25 “How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?” books to give to schools with grades K-5 to second grade in Clarendon County. A local farmer went to some of the classrooms and read to the students.
David Richburg, County Board member and State Director, read to K4 and K5 classrooms at Manning Early Childhood Center.
Mac Eaddy, County Board member, read to K5 thru 2nd grade at LMA.
Clarendon County FB President Steve Brunson read to K5 at Clarendon Hall.
Thomas DuRant, vice president, read to a 1st grade class at Walker Gamble.
Newberry County Farm Bureau recently held their Annual Legislative Banquet. Senator Ronnie Cromer and Representative Walt McLeod were in attendance along with local county council, school board members, and the local sheriff and chief of police. Each special guest was given an opportunity to address the group.
Young farmers and ranchers from Newberry County recently attended the SC Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Conference in Charleston where they were recognized for having the largest attendance of young farmers in the state.
The Newberry County Farm Bureau Board of Directors continues to collect food items at its monthly meetings for “Farmers Feeding Families.” The food items are donated to our local Manna House.
Holly Whiten, daughter of Charlie and Sherry Whiten, Oconee County FB Women’s Chair, was chosen out of 2,500 entries to perform on the Shotgun Red Variety Show that airs on RFD-TV. The show, which was filmed on February 15th in Nashville, will air twice. The first show will air on June 20 at 5:00 pm and it will be rerun on June 23 at 1:00 pm. Holly is a world champion clogger who has been clogging since the age of 3. She performs with the Southern Junction Cloggers in Easley.
Florence County FB Board Members, spouses, and secretaries greeted participants at the Farm Bureau booth during the SC AGRI-BIZ, which was held at the Florence Civic Center on January 16-18, 2013.
Mrs. Rhett Bacot, Women’s Chair, and Mrs. Lisa Lee, Membership Chair, assisted 4th Grade class at Dewey L Carter with Career Bingo on February 6, 2013
Mrs. Lee also read the book “How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?” to the 4th Grade class at Dewey L Carter on February 8, 2013. Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Bacot assisted the kids with filling their lunch boxes with healthy foods.
Florence County FB donated $97.00 in food items to the McLeod Guest House in Florence, SC, on February 15, 2013, in observance of Food Check-Out Week. Several local news media were present for this event. Mrs. Barbara Britton made a personal donation of $100.00 in food items to the McLeod Guest House in March 2013.
Rhett Bacot, Judy Brigman, Barbara Britton and Jean Kenyon attended Women’s Day at the State House on March 19, 2013.
Mrs. Rhett Bacot, Mrs. Judy Brigman and Mrs. Jeanette Cox attended the Pee Dee District Women’s Meeting on March 26, 2013.
Five ladies from the York County FB Women’s Committee attended the Food Check-Out event at the Ronald McDonald House in February. They took much needed supplies to help the families who stay there when their loved ones are sick.
York County had four ladies, Annie Turney, Helen Myers, Peggy Harshaw , and Carolyn Boyd, attend Women’s Day at the State House on March 19.
Clint and Carolyn Boyd, Women’s Chair, attended the Legislative Banquet in Newberry on March 18. They received updates on national, state and local issues.
Carolyn Boyd, Membership Chair for York County, attended a training workshop in March. Each person attending was encouraged to sign up at least five new members. They were also encouraged to get all directors involved in this membership drive.
York County Farm Bureau supported the York County Livestock Show and Sale on March 23. The event was a collaboration of the 4-H Project of Clemson Extension Service and York and Clover FFA Chapters. The York County Farm Bureau Board of Directors awarded each of the 48 participants $25 for their entries.
The York County Women’s Committee lost one of its members, Sybil Biggers on March 18. The ladies will miss Sybil’s smiling face and her active participation in the York County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee.
Anderson County FB sent five young farmers to the SCFB YF&R Conference.
Our annual Ladies Night was held on February 11 with directors, agency staff, secretarial staff, and spouses invited. Special guests were SCFB President David Winkles and his wife Cas.
County President Brian Bolt recognized Ronnie O’Neal who retired from the Anderson County FB Board at the end of 2012. Mr. O’Neal served on the Board for over 40 years.
Anderson County FB Women’s Committee members participated in the Food Check-Out event held at the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville. The ladies donated $750 in food, paper items, and money.
Janice Wood, Piedmont District Women’s Leadership Vice Chair, attended Women’s Day at the statehouse in Columbia.
Al Rentz, Membership Chairman, attended a membership training session in Columbia in March.
Joyce Kirkland, Lexington County Farm Bureau secretary, went on a mission trip to Costa Rica from March 27 - April 3 as part of a team of 12 people. While in Costa Rica, she stayed at Camp Brittney in Atenas. Her team visited a school to do maintenance work, painting and cleaning windows, and also an orphanage, where they raked leaves and painted a fence.
The group also entertained 75 children in their camp to an American Easter egg hunt, where the children dyed eggs, played games, made crafts, played in the pool, had lunch and were told a bible story. The kids left with a bag full of goodies.
On another occasion the group visited Los Guido (a very poor village) where they hosted a kids’ club in morning and teenagers in the afternoon. Those attending were treated to a day filled with games, fun times and bible stories. Each child received a bag of goodies (toothbrush, toothpaste and candy). The group also visited 15 families and gave them food bags.
Greenville County Farm Bureau participated in the 17th annual Farm Day on Saturday, April 20, at historic Lindsey Plantation, a beef and hay operation in Taylors. The Blue Ridge High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter hosted the event.
Greenville County FB used the event as a way to promote Farm Bureau, educate the public about agriculture, and to recruit new Farm Bureau members. Both the SCFB Ag in the Classroom simulator and the SCFB promotional trailer were on site.
The free event was managed by Blue Ridge students and volunteers who helped with hay rides, animal exhibits and a plant sale. Antique and new tractors were displayed along with other equipment exhibits. Live entertainment accompanied the locally-smoked BBQ lunch.
As of January 29, 2013
Florence County Farm Bureau had five ladies attend the 2012 SC Farm Bureau Women’s Conference in Pawleys Island. An article was submitted to the Florence Morning News and published in early December. Florence County also had their scrapbook on display during this event.
Florence County Farm Bureau held its Annual Legislative Breakfast on Friday, November 16, 2012.
Florence County Farm Bureau contributed items towards the Silent Auction and Country Store during the SCFB Annual Convention and had six ladies to attend the Women’s Luncheon on Friday.
York County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee had seven ladies to attend the Women’s Conference at Pawley’s Island in October. These women were, Annette Boyd, Faye Lineberger, Peggy Harshaw, Sybil Biggers, Annie Turney, Helen Myers and Carolyn Boyd. The ladies really enjoyed all the workshops and tours. These conferences always leave the ladies with a feeling of kindred spirits among the women’s committees in the the farming community.
York County Farm Bureau and York Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a Legislative and Recognition Dinner on December 6, 2012. A number of our local legislators attended this event. David Winkles, SC Farm Bureau President, along with other state officials also attended. President Winkles spoke about issues with the Farm Bill.
Dickie Harper, York County Farm Bureau Vice-President, received the Champion of Conservation Award.
A number of York County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Women’s Committee members were present.
The event was planned by Carolyn Boyd, Chair of the York County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, Barbara O’Connell, District Co-ordinator for York Soil and Water Conservation District, and Peggy Palmer, Chair of York Soil and Water Conservation District.
Anderson County Farm Bureau: Victor Salazar, Male Ambassador representing Anderson County Farm Bureau, won male state ambassador at the Annual SCFB Convention in Myrtle Beach, and Savannah Vickery, Female Ambassador from Anderson County was among the top six finalists. Scottlyn Cloninger from Anderson County won the Senior Talent Contest (Division 1).
Allison Honea from Anderson County won the Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet at the SCFB Convention and will compete in the national American Farm Bureau YF&R Discussion Meet.
Anderson County received the County Performance Award at the State Annual Convention. Janice Wood, Women’s Chairperson was a recipient of Volunteer Membership Worker Award, and Mike McKee, agent in Anderson County won second place in the service agent’s membership award contest.
Anderson County will begin its new year with a new County President, Brian Bolt. We will host our annual Legislative Breakfast on January 21, 2013, for our County Delegation and Board Members.
Newberry County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers, along with the Newberry County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, sponsored a “Fall for Safety Day” at Tractor Supply in Newberry on November 3.
The South Carolina Farm Bureau “Ag Simulator” was there along with South Carolina DNR with information on hunter and boater safety. ATV safety information was provided by the 4H ATV Safety Program, and the ATV was provided by Wilson Marine. Newberry Electric Cooperative provided a bucket truck for the kids to observe. Newberry City Fire Department brought a fire truck and Wilson Tractor of Newberry provided a tractor and implement. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the day.
The Newberry County Farm Bureau Board of Directors also brought items to our board meetings to donate to our “Farmers Feeding Families” project. The items are collected and donated to the local Manna House.
Williamsburg County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Chair, Mary Sutton, and Seth Walker attended the SCFB Women’s Leadership Conference at Pawleys Plantation in October.
Our Board formed a membership committee with Al McIntosh as the chairmen and committee members Brian McClam and Will Carsten. Kevin Gowdy is our new Vegetable Advisory Committee member. Williamsburg County was a hole sponsor in the Ag in the Classroom Golf Tournament during the SCFB Annual Meeting.
The Dairy Bar was a huge success during the SCFB convention this year and we would like to send a big thank you to Peggy Haddock who was responsible for bringing the Dairy Bar back, and to Mary Sutton who even made aprons for everyone to wear while working in the Dairy Bar. A special thanks to Eric Snyder and his family for all their help. Eric came from Fort Hood, Texas; his wife, Rebecca and daughter Anna came from Columbia; and daughter, Rachel, came from college. They are all pros at running the Dairy Bar. Thanks to all the women from Williamsburg County who worked so hard to make this a success: Mary Sutton, Seth Walker, Courtney Walker, Peggy Haddock, Sara Beth O’Quinn, Cathy Britton, and Kim McClary.
Our Women’s Committee also helped with the Country Store and Silent Auction either by working or with donations.
Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Sutton and our Women’s Committee for winning the Activities Award for the second year in a row.
Mr. William J Chandler, Jr., 91 of Henry, SC passed away December 18, 2012 at his home. Mr. Chandler was a founder and the first president of Williamsburg County Farm Bureau.
Mr. Louie Claude McClary, 90 of Salters, SC, passed away January 20, 2013 at his home. He was a lifetime member of Williamsburg County Farm Bureau, having served 52 years in several capacities. He was one of the founders also and served as president, state director, and board member.
Beaufort County Farm Bureau: Riverview Charter School in Beaufort had Colonial Days recently and two ladies from the Beaufort County Farm Bureau attended and wore outfits from that time. The women visited the school and demonstrated events from that era to forty-four 4th graders. The children shelled and cracked corn, used a blender to make the corn fine enough to make corn bread, and churned their own butter to put on the corn bread. The children also learned about cast iron skillets and pots. One of the ladies showed the children how to prepare and cook a chicken in a cast iron pot.
John & Kelly Lesesne put on a farm tour at Chisholm Plantation for a local Sunday school group for ages four through eleven. The Lesesnes had ten children and twelve adults attend. The children had a hayride, learned about cows, were given the history of phosphate mining, and had a cookout/bring a dish meal.
As of October 16, 2012
Aiken County: The Aiken High FFA chapter was named among the top 10 in the nation by the National FFA Association in two categories--the Model of Innovation Award, and the Model of Excellence Award. Aiken County FB sponsored the total expenses for two students to attend the competitive presentations at the national convention.
Beaufort County FB youth leadership participants helped to serve 1,958 cups of free Pet ice cream to children and adults during Children’s Day at the Beaufort Water Festival using the SCFB promotional trailer. PET donated 150 boxes of chocolate, banana split and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
The Beaufort Conservation District held its ECO Camp July 23- July 27 at the Technical College of the Lowcountry for children ages 6 -12. Beaufort County Women’s Committee sponsored six children to attend the camp and provided lunch on Friday, the last day of the camp. The camp theme was “Dive into World Oceans.”
Clarendon County FB helped sponsor “Messy Play Date” for primary and elementary children to learn more about agriculture. The event, hosted by Buck and Bull Farms and Walton Farms, featured animal petting, hayrides, and a dirt mountain.
Dillon County: Senator Kent Williams was the guest speaker at the Dillon County FB annual meeting at the Charcoal Grill in Dillon in September. Other special guests included Senator Dick Elliott, SCFB President and Mrs. David Winkles, and SCFB Pee Dee District Vice President Frank Flowers. Members were also entertained by the Pee Dee Blue Grass Band.
Dorchester County: Ryan Huff, a rising junior from Dorchester Academy in Harleyville, has been named one of three national award winners in the American Farm Bureau’s “Agriculture in a Growing World” essay contest. Ryan will receive a $100 cash prize, made possible by program partner Nutrients for Life, and the school will receive a $250 grant to help further their agricultural education program. The contest was promoted through Farm Bureau’s agricultural literacy program to teachers across the state. Ruth Anne O’Cain, teacher and Dorchester Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Chair, was instrumental in getting Ryan to participate in the contest.
Florence County FB recently donated two hand painted pictures to the Palmetto Palate Silent Auction and had eight county participants to attend.
Rhett Bacot and Lisa Lee handed out gift bags to 2nd and 3rd grade teachers at Dewey L. Carter Elementary School in August. The gift bags included items from the 2012-2013 teacher wish list. A letter of appreciation was also included that thanked each teacher for allowing Farm Bureau into their classroom to help teach the importance of agriculture.
Sterling Sadler, Chair of the SCFB Equine Committee, was interviewed by the Florence Morning News regarding the rise of encephalitis in the Equine industry.
Greenville County: Morgan Reynolds, granddaughter of Bruce and Anna Holcombe (Greenville County FB Women’s Committee Co-Chair), Wayne Reynolds, and Brenda Leopard, won the title of Miss South Carolina Peach Festival Teen Queen 2012 on July 20 in Gaffney. An 8th grader at Woodmont Middle School in Greenville County, Morgan is the daughter of Nate and Dr. Beth Reynolds.
Oconee County: William Jimmy “Jim” Whiten of Westminster died Wednesday, October 10, 2012, in Oconee Medical Center. He was the father of Oconee County FB State Director Charlie Whiten and father-in-law of Oconee County Women’s Chair Sherry Whiten.
Richland County FB made a donation of $250 to the SC Palomino Youth, helping send six kids to the World Championship Palomino Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sydney Beasley, daughter of Ken Beasley (Richland County Director, Scholarship Chairman, and SCFB Equine Advisory Committee member) won first place in the reigning competition. Sydney was the first youth from South Carolina to win this event.
Richland County FB awarded two scholarships of $1,000 each for the 2012-2013 school year to the following rising juniors at Clemson University: Allie Trippe, majoring in Animal & Veterinary Science (pre vet), and Merritt Gantt, majoring in Horticulture.
York County: Arthur Black, York County FB President, has announced that Chad Everett Whitesides, son of Everett and Caylen Whitesides of York, is the recipient of the 2012-2013 York County FB Scholarship. Chad is in his senior year at Clemson University majoring in Agriculture Mechanization and Business. He will receive an award of $1,000.
In September, York County FB participated in the York County Fall Livestock Show, hosted by Tony and Beverly Callahan and High Tension Ranch in York. York County FB contributed a $1000 donation to the event. A membership booth was set up by Chris Stephenson, Agency Manager, and Sandra Robbins, Secretary, to promote Farm Bureau membership. Children in attendance also enjoyed the Farm Bureau Ag Simulator.
Williamsburg County FB awarded three scholarships this year to students attending Clemson and majoring in agriculture--Baker Myers, Kelly Williamson, and Tripp Williamson.
Representative Carl Anderson was among the special guests at the Williamsburg County FB annual meeting held at the JJ Mitcheom Community Center in Hemingway in September. SCFB Pee Dee District Vice President Frank Flowers also attended.
As of July 24, 2012
Rhett Bacot, Florence County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Chair, Jeanette Cox, and Lisa Lee assisted students in Mrs. Miller’s second grade class at Dewey L. Carter Elementary with butter churning. The kids poured heavy whipping cream in a jar and shook the jars until they made butter.
Sumter County Farm Bureau helped sponsor “Messy Play Date” for primary and elementary children to learn more about agriculture. The event, hosted by Buck and Bull Farms and Walton Farms, featured animal petting, hayrides, and a dirt mountain.
Greenville County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee held a sheep shearing demonstration at Bruce and Anna Holcombe’s farm, “Papa Bruce’s Barnyard.” Danny Howard, Clemson University extension agent, demonstrated the technique of shearing sheep for 94 elementary school children. Mr. Howard explained to the children what wool is used for once it has been sheared. Afterwards the children were given a hayride around the farm to view the different animals.
William Coleman, Fairfield County FB State Director, hosted legislators from Ghana on a tour of Wico Farm where he operates eight turkey houses and farms wheat, hay, cotton and timber. The purpose of the tour was for Ghanaian and SC legislators to exchange information and ideas concerning their governmental processes and to foster friendship, cooperation and close relationships between government officials of the two entities. The program is a collaborative effort between Benedict College Office of International Programs and members of the SC House of Representatives.
Ashley Mills, Fairfield County FB Women’s Committee Chair, gave out ice cream at the annual Wings and Wheels event located at the Fairfield County Airport.
Edward Mills, Fairfield County FB President, and Pete Gustafson presented a PAC check to Senator Creighton Coleman of District 17.
Newberry County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee provided ice cream to a local day care for June Dairy Month.
Newberry County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers conducted the Ag Olympics during the SCFB Youth Leadership Conference which was held at Newberry College.
As of April 27, 2012
Wingard Copeland receives Bamberg County Soil and Water Conservation District Award from Landis Hiers
Bamberg County: Wingard Copeland, State Director from Bamberg County, was named the “2011 Cooperator of the Year” by the Bamberg County Soil and Water Conservation District at its awards banquet on March 27. He was recognized for many years of natural resource conservation efforts and for being an outstanding spokesman for conservation in the area.
Beaufort County FB held its annual Kids Fest at the Cross Creek shopping center on March 31. The children were able to see a number of farm animals including a miniature horse and donkey, sheep, goats, turkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, and ducks. Children also shelled corn by hand, roped a sawhorse steer, and guessed the amount of corn, pecans, beans, and cotton in jars to win a cookbook or a $20 prize. In addition, over 200 people visited the Ag Simulator and a 1945 John Deer tractor.
Beaufort County: Beverly Brown, Beaufort County FB Women’s Committee member, had 58 preschool children tour the Penn Center as part of Heritage School Day. The children toured the museum, learned about animals, plants, and crops, and also planted seeds in newspaper pots to learn about recycling.
Cherokee County: Celeste Cash has been named the recipient of the 2012 Cherokee County FB Kline W. Cash Memorial Scholarship.
Clarendon, Lee, and Sumter County FBs are sponsoring the Central Cattlemen’s Association meeting on May 24th at the Sumter County FB office.
Florence County: Charles Brigman, Florence County FB President, and other board members presented Senator Hugh Leatherman with a PAC check on March 5th. The Florence County FB Board also plans to present Representative Lester P. Branham, Jr. and Representative Phil Lowe a PAC check in the upcoming weeks.
Florence County Farm Bureau provided ice cream for the Special Olympics on April 19, 2012, at Johnsonville Elementary School and Hannah Pamplico Elementary School.
Florence County: Rhett Bacot, Florence County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Chair, read the Farm Bureau book of the year to students at Dewey L. Carter Elementary on April 25, 2012.
From left to right: Senator Yancey McGill, County President R.L. Port, Senator Ray Cleary, Representative Nelson Hardwick, Representative Carl Anderson
Georgetown County FB Board of Directors held a steak dinner on April 2 at the Pleasant Hill Community Center to show appreciation for local members of the General Assembly. Those attending included Senator Ray Cleary, Senator Yancey McGill, Representative Carl Anderson and Representative Nelson Hardwick. FB guests included Russell Ott, David Branham, and Pee Dee Vice President Frank Flowers.
Lee County FB Women’s Committee members went to Robert E. Lee Academy on March 22 and donated the “Seed, Soil, Sun” book to both first grade classrooms. They also passed out FB folders, pencils, and ag-knowledge booklets.
Lee County: Laura Haddon, Lee County Women’s Committee Chair, volunteers to help teach the local 4H Clover Buds on the third Thursday of every month.
Newberry County FB Young Farmers will again conduct the “Ag Olympics” as part of the SCFB Youth Leadership Conference at Newberry College on June 24 through 27, 2012.
Newberry County FB has mailed applications for its Newberry County Scholarship to students from Newberry County who are attending Clemson University and majoring in agriculture.
Pickens County: Megan Sexton, daughter of Terry Sexton, Pickens County FB Agency Manager, is working on a research project at Coker College to control a fungus pathogen which infects major food crops such as wheat, barley, and corn. Infection by the pathogen causes “scab” disease thereby reducing crop yields and contaminating grain. It has caused an estimated $3 billion in crop damage since 1990. The junior biology student presented her work at the European Conference of Fungal Genetics in Marburg, Germany, held March 29-April 2. Megan plans to pursue a PhD in molecular biology and genetics after graduating from Coker College in the Spring of 2013.
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