On April 5 Beaufort County Farm Bureau participated with Kid’s Fest, a partnership with military installations, CAPA and 70 plus organizations. Our booth included the following: a black and white rabbit, a white flop-eared rabbit, a large goat, a red Angus baby calf, a royal palm turkey gobbler, an Indian runner duck, pigmy goats with two babies, a miniature horse, a miniature donkey, frizzle chickens, baby quail and baby chicks.
In addition, kids shelled and cracked corn with antique machines, and there was a science trailer where kids made and launched paper rockets and played with remote control robots. We also had a dummy steer head and a 1951 Massey Ferguson tractor on display.
Other activities included a cook book drawing, contest to guess how many pecans are in the jar and contest to name the baby calf. Also at the booth we displayed the Farm Bureau Membership sign and had applications for anyone interested. We also had 267 persons visit the AITC ag-simulator.
The Entire Riverview Charter School (over 400 students) learned about and saw baby rabbits, goats, chickens, button and pharaoh quail, turkeys and ducks during Baby Farm Day. The children also watched baby chicks hatch under a hen and learned about making worm bins.
Summer Day Camp, “Creatures Big & Small,” was held at a small farm. The children milked cows and goats and they even collected eggs. The Beaufort County Farm Bureau provided $55 to help with breakfast and provided ice to make ice cream for the 15 attending. ETV was there filming and will air a program in July or August.
Berkeley County Farm Bureau leadership attended the first Berkeley County government meeting on agriculture. County elected officials reached out to the farming community to discuss future support for agriculture. Because of the County Leadership involvement at that county meeting, one new family joined the Berkeley County Farm Bureau after learning that Farm Bureau is also about agriculture.
Berkeley County FB President, Membership Chair, Women’s Chair, Board Members, and family members worked the dairy trailer at Wabi Sabi Farms in Cordesville, SC, for the 2014 Strawberry Jam Festival. The community learned some of what their County Farm Bureau does for the community.
Berkeley County Farm Bureau continues to work with the Town of Moncks Corner with positive negotiations on a new Farmer’s Market.
In honor of David Matthews, retired agency manager, the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau Board has awarded four $500 scholarships to high school seniors pursuing an agricultural related degree.
The 2014 recipients were Cheraw High School student Zachary Kyle Chisholm, Chesterfield High School student Zachary John Michael Gaskins, McBee High School student Shelby Miranda Wayne, and Central high School student Joseph Henry Rollings.
During David’s thirty-one years with Farm Bureau, he understood the importance of agriculture in South Carolina, and these scholarships will allow students to continue the advancement of farming.
On May 20, 2014, Mrs. Rhett Bacot, Florence County Farm Bureau Women’s Chair, read and donated the book, My Plate, to Mrs. Miller’s class at Dewey L Carter Elementary School.
On June 10, 2014, the Florence County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee hosted the 2014 AITC Teachers Institute. The luncheon was held at Lynches River State park and 55 teachers were in attendance.
On June 25, 2014, Mrs. Rhett Bacot, Mrs. Summer Bacot, and Mrs. Lisa Lee gave away ice cream, pencils, stickers and AITC coloring books to 80 students at DLC Summer School Program.
On June 27, 2014, the Florence County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee assisted with the AITC simulator at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Ice cream was also given away to promote Dairy Month. Approximately 60 students were in attendance.
Dorchester County Farm Bureau secretary Pat Jackson has retired.
As part of Laurens County Industry and Agriculture Day on May 7, 2014, Laurens County Farm Bureau teamed with the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce and Ag South to have a very successful bus tour to visit the Hunter and Owings Industrial Parks and the Center for Advanced Manufacturing that prepares people for the work force. The tour moved on for lunch at Martin Brothers Construction Company, which focuses on performing farm and conservation work.
After lunch, the tour proceeded to Stewart’s Farm, a third generation Certified SC Grown Farm and Nursery, that has a pick-your-own strawberry, a blackberry patch, and later in the fall a corn maze. The tour ended with a trip to Let’s Saddle Up Horse Farm that provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children, veterans, and senior citizens. Drinks and nutritional snacks were provided as well as a bag of goodies for each person to take home with more information on Laurens County businesses, agriculture and history.
The Laurens County Farm Bureau Board now has three members presently serving on the Board of the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, and two others serving on the Chamber Ag-Industry Committee. Their involvement provides a great opportunity to showcase our number one SC industry, agriculture, and the mission of Farm Bureau.
In April the Executive Board of the Pickens County Farm Bureau attended a breakfast meeting held for the nominees for the open House seats.
We had six ladies attend the Piedmont District Women’s Leadership meeting in Laurens.
The president and several members of the board attended the Cattlemen’s Association meeting. May was a good month for the Farm Bureau.
We had eight members attend the screening of the documentary, Farmland, in Greenville. The documentary was a commentary on young farmers and ranchers in the US. The state office also sent staff to the screening and set up a table to represent Farm Bureau.
We now have a Facebook page to represent our county office. We hope to garner interest in our organization through updates. Some of the things posted have been about the baby goat Molly that we hand-nursed, and the many area farmers’ markets.
June has been a quiet month with everyone working on their farms or gardens. We have hopes for rain and sun in equal measure. Thank you farmers!
George Wheeler, Cherokee County Farm Bureau member, was one of eight SC veterans recently knighted by the French government for their service in liberating France during World War II.
A delegation from the French nation visited the State House in Columbia on June 6 to honor the former soldiers whose sacrifices the French still hold sacred.
The consul general of France in Atlanta, Denis Barbet, awarded the former soldiers with the insignia of Knight in the National Order of the Legion as part of the 70th anniversary recognition of D-Day. The veterans were hand-picked by the French President of the Republic, Francois Hollande.
In addition to 1st Lt. George A. Wheeler from Gaffney (1955 Quartermaster Truck), the others honored included First Lt. Byron E. Burns of Laurens (Company E of the 442nd Infantry);
PFC Chris Carawan from Columbia (424th Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division); 1st Lt. Carl H. Schutte from North Augusta (264th Regiment, 66th Infantry Division); Sgt. Frederick C. Wehrum from Anderson (445th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 8th Division); signalman third class Earl B. Manning from Batesburg (6th Naval Beach Battalion, 5th Engineer Special Brigade); and PFC Leon R. Blackmon from Bamberg (110th Regiment, 28th Infantry Division).
The National Order of the Legion of Honor, Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is the highest honor bestowed by the French government.
Carolyn Boyd, York County FB Women’s Committee Chair and Membership Chair, set up a membership table during the 2014 Ag & Art Tour at Black’s Peaches. She was able to talk to visitors about the importance of our farmers and have them look around at the abundance our farmers are able to provide for us.
County Directors Clint and Carolyn Boyd attended the Clover High School FFA Banquet. Two students from Clover High School, Hannah Rhyne and Amber Skinnell, attended the Farm Bureau Leadership Conference in June.
The York County YF& R wrapped up the School Garden Series with Jefferson Elementary School at the end of May. Kindergarten and first grade students harvested their gardens and held a salad celebration. Each student was able to create a salad to taste test. First grade students were able to donate approximately 40 pounds of food from their gardens to Tender Hearts Ministries in York. Kindergarten students gave bags of lettuce to all the teachers at Jefferson Elementary.
Arthur Q. Black, President of York County FB has announced the 2014-2015 York County Farm Bureau Scholarship recipients.
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. Each recipient will receive an award of $1,000 from York County Farm Bureau.
This year York County Farm Bureau is proud to announce two recipients.
John Wesley Edmunds III, son of Mary & Wesley Edmunds of Clover, is entering his sophomore year at Clemson University, majoring in Biological Sciences.
Hayley Elizabeth Boyd, daughter of Christie & Roy H Boyd III of Rock Hill, is entering her sophomore year at Clemson University, majoring in Pre-Veterinary Science.
The York County YF&R chapter hosted the first annual Sara Ann Comer run for agriculture on June 21 at Inman Farms in York, SC.
We were pleased to have almost 200 participants in our 5K run/walk and raised approximately $7,000. A scholarship application will be available this fall and the scholarship awarded in the spring of 2015.
On May 9, Kim McClary and Sarah Hoff, Williamsburg County FB secretaries, went to Field Day at Williamsburg Academy and made a presentation to the children about corn and its importance in our everyday life as well as the importance of farmers. We were joined by Corey Craig, Clemson Extension Agent, Forestry and Natural Resources, who did a presentation on forestry and products that come from trees. Also attending was Trinette Vereen from NRCS, who used the 4-H enviroscope which teaches the children how to help protect the environment.
Kevin Gowdy, Board member, received the SC Farmer and Agri-Business Associations Farmer of the Year award.
Two students from Williamsburg County, Kate Carsten and Elizabeth Jane Daniel, attended the SCFB Youth Leadership Conference in June.
Marty Inman, a new insurance agent, is now in the Williamsburg County FB office.
Richland County FB sponsored Christie Shannon to attend the 2014 SCFB Youth Leadership Conference, contributed a $500 sponsorship to the 2014 Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival on July 19, contributed a $300 sponsorship to the SC Palomino Exhibitors Association to send youth to national competition, and donated $571.00 toward the purchase of a golf cart for 2014 Friends of Farm Bureau Palmetto Palate on July 24.
Richland County FB also sponsored the AITC ag simulator at Ballentine Elementary School. County Membership Chair Charlie “Bill” Bouknight helped run the ag simulator and handed out over 750 of the Women’s Committee springtime ag-tivity brochures to the students. Teachers said this was a perfect time for this activity since most of the class had just finished studying plants.