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76th SCFB Annual Meeting

December 05, 2019 - December 07, 2019

Join us as we round out the celebration of our 75th year at the Annual Meeting of South Carolina Farm Bureau. We have an exceptional slate of educational workshops, as well as attendee favorites like the Dairy Bar and the Big Farm Show.

New this year, the Country Store is getting a makeover as the Farmers Market & Craft Fair. Come shop a wonderful assortment of local goods and handmade items. And don't forget to stop by the Silent Auction and cast your bid!

We hope to see you at the beach so we can all catch up and set the direction for our organization in 2020.

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10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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Ag in the Classroom Golf Tournament Registration

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Arcadian Shores

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Time

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Title

Ag in the Classroom Golf Tournament

Location

Arcadian Shores

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Time

1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Title

Receiving Items for Farmers Market & Craft Fair and Silent Auction

Location

Embassy Suites - Hampton

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2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Convention/Voting Delegate Registration

Location

Embassy Suites - Cambridge Hall

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Please bring your confirmation letter you received from online registration to get your name badge printed.

Time

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Title

Dairy Bar Open

Location

Embassy Suites - Somerset

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Join the Coastal District for some frozen treats!

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6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Welcome Dinner

Location

Marriott Resort - Atlantic Ballroom

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The kickoff event for Annual Meeting includes the presentation of the Ag in the Classroom Golf Tournament Awards, the SCFB Legislators of the Year, and recognition of the Legislative All Stars.

This year's menu features beef, sponsored by the SC Beef Council.

Time

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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Farmers Market & Craft Fair and Silent Auction Open

Location

Embassy Suites - Windsor ABC

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Instructions for bidding in the Silent Auction

  1. Use the Silent Auction bid number that appears on your registration name badge to bid.
  2. Provide a cell phone number when bidding.
  3. Present your name badge with bid number to pick up your item on Friday night before 10pm.

 

Time

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Title

Big Farm Show

Location

Embassy Suites - Lakeside Pavilion

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8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Title

Dairy Bar

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Embassy Suites - Somerset

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8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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Convention/Voting Delegate Registration Open

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8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Convention/Voting Delegate Registration

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Embassy Suites - Cambridge Hall

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8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Dairy Bar Open

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Embassy Suites - Somerset

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7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

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Continental Breakfast

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Embassy Suites - Kensington ABC

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Enjoy a continental breakfast and hear from the Young Farmer and Rancher committee about projects and initiatives.

All are invited to attend.

Time

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Title

Big Farm Show

Location

Embassy Suites - Lakeside Pavilion

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8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

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General Session

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Embassy Suites - Kensington DEFG

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The first business session for the Annual Meeting starts with an open hearing for resolutions.

Time

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Title

Keynote Address with Milt Lowder

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9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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Biotechnology in Today's Society

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Farming and ranching feed a nation, and we enjoy the most plentiful, safe, affordable and diverse food supply in human history. However, the consumer feels like there is a problem with food, that it is not wholesome or nutritious, and that it is bathed in chemistry that harms human health. The disconnect comes from many levels operating through the internet to destroy trust in food and farming. We have watched this happen, and when scientists and farmers tried to engage we were not always effective.  That tide is turning. The presentation will cover communications strategies to engage the consumer effectively, and remarkably the tactics discussed affect all of our relationships and make us better listeners and negotiators. 

 

Time

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Title

Break

Location

Big Farm Show (Lakeside Pavilion)

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Enjoy some freshly brewed coffee or get your chocolate milk fix while you take a trip around the Big Farm Show to see the latest ag products and innovations. 

Time

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Title

Making it Grow Q&A

Location

Big Farm Show (Lakeside Pavilion)

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Host of SCETV's Making it Grow, Amanda McNulty and regular show contributor Tony Melton will answer home gardening questions from the audience. Bring your perplexing plant problems and let this team of professionals help you with a solution.

Time

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Title

Mental Health Awareness

Location

Embassy - Kensington DEFG

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In a follow-up to his morning keynote, Dr. Milt Lowder will help participants assess their mental wellness and empower them with hands-on tools.

Time

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Title

CAMM Training

Location

Embassy - Winchester

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This one-hour recertification course will focus on beef grazing systems and water quality protection.

Cost: $15 made payable to Clemson University

Time

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Title

Legislative Luncheon

Location

Kensington ABC

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All are invited to enjoy a sandwich buffet and hear an update from the SCFB Government Relations team while getting tools and tips for being an outstanding grassroots advocate.

Time

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Title

Women's Leadership Luncheon

Location

Marriott Resort - Atlantic Ballroom

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$15

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Celebrate the successes of the year and enjoy entertainment sure to put you in the Christmas spirit!

Tickets available for purchase for $15 from the Farmers Market & Craft Fair, or at the door. 

Time

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Title

County Purpose Activity Panel

Location

Big Farm Show (Lakeside Pavilion)

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Next to grassroots advocacy, purpose activities are one of the most important things counties can participate in. This session will feature counties that have excelled in a purpose activity from legislative to educational to membership.

Time

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Title

Pesticide Applicator Training

Location

Embassy - Kensington DEFG

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Earn pesticide recertification credits and learn more about the latest on 2019 Dicamba use requirements.

Time

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

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Feed Safety Update

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Embassy - Pembroke

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This informational workshop will detail the steps the South Carolina Department of Agriculture takes to make sure livestock and pet owners in South Carolina are purchasing safe, nutritious feed products.

Time

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Title

SCFB Marketing Assoc. Annual Meeting

Location

Embassy - Winchester

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Annual meeting of the Marketing Association with financial report, investment report and election of officers.

Time

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Title

YF&R Excellence in Ag Presentations

Location

Embassy - Eton

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Hear from South Carolina's finest young leaders as they share about their involvement in agriculture, leadership and promoting Farm Bureau's mission.

Time

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Title

Experience Ag in the Classroom

Location

Marriott Resort - Tides 1&2

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Immerse yourself in an Ag in the Classroom lesson led by the 2019 Betty J. DeWitt Outstanding Educator. 

Time

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Pesticide Applicator Training

Location

Embassy - Kensington DEFG

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Earn pesticide recertification credits and learn more about pest management in small grains.

Time

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Title

Navigating the SC Tax Code

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Embassy - Pembroke

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Learn how to navigate the often confusing tax code and how to protect yourself in the event of unfair reassessment of agricultural land.

Time

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Title

Discussion Meet Competitor Orientation

Location

Embassy - Eton

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3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Title

County Farm Bureau Investment Board, LLC

Location

Embassy - Oxford

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Annual Meeting of County Investment Board LLC, with finance report, investment report and election of officers.

Time

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Title

Discussion Meet Semi Finals

Location

Embassy - Kensington A and B

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Listen in as Young Farmers discuss some of the most challenging issues facing agriculture today and determine solutions to problems being debated across the nation.

Time

5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Title

Discussion Meet Final Round

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Embassy - Kensington A

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The Top 4 Finalists hold their final discussion before the state winner is determined.

Time

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Farm Succession Planning

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Embassy - Oxford

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This workshop will cover the basics of business succession and estate planning.  Learn what is involved in transferring a business from one generation to the next and figure out the best options for your farm.  You can even schedule a follow up visit at your farm with one of Clemson's Agribusiness Team members.

 

Time

6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Title

Farmers Market & Craft Fair and Silent Auction Open

Location

Embassy - Windsor ABC

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Silent Auction bidding ends at 7:15 pm

Time

6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Title

Convention/Voting Delegate Registration Open

Location

Embassy - Cambridge Hall

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7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Title

Awards and Recognition Program

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Embassy - Kensington DEFG

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Our volunteer leaders are the core of this organization. Join us as we honor and recognize those dedicated members who have gone above and beyond in the last year.

Time

8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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Awards Reception

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Embassy - Kensington ABC

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Congratulate the 2019 Distinguished Service Award recipient and the Young Farmer & Rancher winners.

Time

8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Title

Farmers Market & Craft Fair Open

Location

Embassy - Windsor BC

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8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Title

Silent Auction Item Pick-Up

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Embassy - Windsor A

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Items not picked up by 10:00 pm on Friday will be offered to the next highest bidder.

We accept payments by cash, check or credit card.

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7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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Convention/Voting Delegate Registration

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Embassy - Cambridge Hall

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8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Voting Delegate Session

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Embassy - Kensington DEFG

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Voting delegate session followed by election of officers and the Organizational Meeting of the 2020 SCFB Board of Directors

Time

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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Farmers Market & Craft Fair Open

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Embassy - Windsor BC

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11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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Farmers Market & Craft Fair Item Pickup

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Counties pick up unsold items. Any items not picked up by 11:30 am will be donated to a local charity.

Time

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Title

Pee Dee District Caucus

Location

Embassy - Kensington A

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9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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Piedmont District Caucus

Location

Embassy - Kensington B

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9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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Central District Caucus

Location

Embassy - Kensington C

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9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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Coastal District Caucus

Location

Embassy - Eton

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12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Annual and/or Board Meetings of Affiliate Companies

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Embassy - Winchester

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To be held immediately following the adjournment of the State Board meeting

SC Ag in the Classroom Fund Board
SCFB Foundation
SCFB Holding Co.
Pro-Ag, LLC
SCFB Management, LLC

Time

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Title

Talent Registration

Location

Marriott Resort - East Hall

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Time

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Title

Talent Rehearsal

Location

Marriott Resort - Atlantic Ballroom

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Time

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Title

SCFB Financial Services, LLC

Location

Embassy - Eton

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2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Talent Contest

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Marriott Resort - Atlantic Ballroom

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Amanda McNulty

Host and Producer, Making it Grow

Amanda McNulty is a consumer horticulture agent with Clemson Extension, where she works with clients and teaches a master gardener training program. Amanda serves as the host and producer of the gardening advice television program "Making It Grow" and writes and records "horticultural tips" aired on all SCETV radio stations. You can find her regular column in the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources SC Wildlife magazine. 

Speaker Sessions

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Location

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Speaker Session

Making it Grow Q&A

Date

December 6

Time

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location

Big Farm Show (Lakeside Pavilion)

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Austin Therrell

Feed Program Coordinator, SC Department of Agriculture

Austin currently serves as the Feed Program Coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Agriculture where he is responsible for the supervision of the animal feed regulatory program. He graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science in animal and veterinary science in 2013. 

Prior to joining the team at SCDA, Austin worked in sales for a family-owned pet food company in the sporting dog industry. During his time there he learned about the manufacturing and marketing aspects of the pet food industry and formed relationships with feed dealers and distributors across South Carolina.

Austin serves on AAFCO’s Pet Food Committee, as a co-chair of the Feed and Feed Ingredient Manufacturing Committee, and as a member of the AAFCO Board of Directors.

Speaker Sessions

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Speaker Session

Feed Safety Update

Date

December 6

Time

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Location

Embassy - Pembroke

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Dr. Kevin Folta

Horticultural Sciences Professor, University of Florida

Kevin Folta is a professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He got his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998, and he has worked at University of Wisconsin before settling in at University of Florida. Dr. Folta researches the functional genomics of small fruit crops, the plant transformation, the genetic basis of flavors, and studies at photomorphogenesis and flowering. He has also written many publications and edited books, most recently was the 2011 Genetics, Genomics, and Breeding of Berries. Dr. Folta received the NSF CAREER Award, an HHMI Mentoring Award and was recognized as "University of Florida Foundation Research Professor" in 2010.

Speaker Sessions

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December 6

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9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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Dr. Milt Lowder

Founder and CEO, Synergy Group

Dr. Milt Lowder is the Founder and CEO of Synergy Group and its two divisions: Synergy Psych and Synergy Performance. Dr. Lowder, a licensed counseling psychologist, completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Organizational Development from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Lowder works with individuals, teams, and corporations by building encouraging, collaborative relationships with each client and organization to maximize their performance in all aspects of their lives. He helps his clients develop and implement practical strategies to create the best version of themselves. Mikee Johnson from Cox Industries described Dr. Lowder’s services as a “calm guiding hand” that provides “invaluable nuanced suggestions and assurances building resolve and purpose in the course correction ahead” and that give “a new sense of clarity of purpose both personally and corporately.”

Dr. Lowder also serves as the Sport Psychologist for the Clemson University Athletic Department, where he works with student-athletes, teams, and coaches to improve their performance and to assist them as they deal with the pressures of college athletics and life. Coach Swinney stated, “Milt has done an excellent job in performing his role for our team and has been an integral part of our success since 2009.”

Dr. Lowder is married with three children and lives in Greenville, SC. Dr. Lowder enjoys spending quality time with his family, playing and attending sporting events, and being outdoors.

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December 6

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9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

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December 6

Time

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location

Embassy - Kensington DEFG

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Lee Van Vlake

Pee Dee Area Livestock and Forages Agent, Clemson Extension

Lee has worked with Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service since 2006 as an Area Livestock and Forages Agent in the Pee Dee Region. Lee graduated from Clemson University in 2004 with a bachelors degree in animal science and in 2012 with a masters degree in agricultural education. Lee enjoys working with beef cattle and operates a cow-calf operation in Darlington County, SC.  He enjoys camping and spending time with his family outdoors.  

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Speaker Session

CAMM Training

Date

December 6

Time

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location

Embassy - Winchester

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Steve Richards

Agribusiness Extension Associate, Clemson Extension

Steve Richards is an Agribusiness Extension Associate with the Extension Agribusiness Program Team. Steve works mainly with producers and value added agricultural businesses in the low country but has statewide responsibilities in agribusiness management, marketing, and finance. Steve's home office is the Beaufort County Extension Office. 

Steve's work experience began in quality assurance and production management for food processing firms in the Midwest. Next, he worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension, authoring many business planning workbooks and consulting with hundreds of agricultural businesses on topics such as profitability improvement, business expansion, business financing, and succession planning. In his more recent roles, Steve has consulted for Farm Credit East and worked with agricultural entrepreneurs in the Finger Lakes food, wine, and tourism region. 

 

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December 6

Time

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location

Embassy - Oxford

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