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78th Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Farm Bureau

December 02, 2021 - December 04, 2021

This year, we are excited to return to in-person for the 78th Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation. All of your old favorites are back again this year with a few new twists. Check out the awesome line up of workshops and events!

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

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Ag in the Classroom Golf Tournament Registration

Location

Arcadian Shores

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Time

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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Ag in the Classroom Golf Tournament

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

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Recieving items for Farmers Market & Craft Fair and Silent Auction

Location

Embassy Suites - Windsor B

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

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Convention/Voting Delegate Registration Open

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

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 Grass Roots All Stars.

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

Time

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

Title

Federal PAC Fundraiser

Location

Marriott Resort - Oleander Ballroom

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$100

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Join fellow members as we work together to raise money for our Federal Political Action Committee. Ticket required for entry.

Purchase Tickets

Time

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

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Farmers Hall and Perk Place Open

Location

Embassy Suites - Cambridge & Windsor Hall and Hampton

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The Big Farm Show reimagined, Farmers Hall brings the best exhibits in a more intimate setting. Take time to visit with USDA, SCDA, Clemson University and more. Farmers Hall is located in Cambridge Hall and Windsor Hall.

And this year, spend some time with a few of our Member Benefits providers in the Perk Place Cafe. Enjoy coffee any time of the day and learn more about Farm Bureau Insurance, Farm Bureau Bank and the Products Program. Perk Place is located in Hampton near the Silent Auction and Farmers Market & Craft Fair.

Time

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

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Dairy Bar featuring Clemson's Best Ice Cream

Location

Embassy Suites - Somerset

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New this year, the Dairy Bar volunteers will be serving up individual cups of Clemson's Best Ice Cream. Choose from one of their signature flavors!

Time

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

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Convention/Voting Delegate Registration Open

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Embassy Suites - Cambridge Hall

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7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

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AG Leaders Breakfast

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Kensington ABC

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Join with other Active Grassroots Leaders to discuss opportunities to continue to grow within South Carolina Farm Bureau. 

Time

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

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Convention/Voting Delegate Registration Open

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

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Self-Serve Dairy Bar Treats

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Embassy - Cambridge Hall

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Enjoy your favorite ice cream treat from one of several coolers around the convention.

Time

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

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Farmers Hall and Perk Place Open

Location

Embassy Suites - Cambridge Hall, Windsor Hall and Hampton

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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. Also hear greetings from AFBF President Zippy Duval and Hugh Weathers, SC Commissioner of Agriculture.

Time

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

Title

Think Globally, Act Locally

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Embassy Suites - Kensington DEFG

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South Carolina is fast becoming a very popular state to move to. We are growing houses like the newest commodity and these new neighbors bring stress and strain on rural infrastructure and encroachment on farms and farmland. The only way to ensure that farmers are part of the conversation is by stepping up and getting involved on the local level.

This panel features members from counties who are very active and connected with their local governments and they will share some tools on how to make sure your farm is protected.

Time

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

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Silent Auction and Farmers Market & Craft Fair Open

Location

Embassy Suites - Windsor ABC

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

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Morning Break - Farmers Hall

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Embassy Suites - Cambridge Hall

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Take a break and take time to meet some of our exhibitors in the Farmers Hall. And enjoy some milk and other dairy products sponsored by Southeastern Dairy Alliance. 

Time

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

Title

Gene editing: What is it, and will US farmers and ranchers be able to use it?

Location

Embassy Suites - Kensington DEFG

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Gene editing is a breeding tool for introducing useful genetic variations into agricultural breeding programs. It allows for the targeted inactivation or insertion of genes, and can be done in the absence of any “foreign” or transgenic DNA. It can be used in both crop and livestock species. Gene edited plants are being regulated by the USDA, and gene edited food animals for agricultural purposes are being regulated by the FDA. These two agencies operate under very different legislation, with commercialization of gene edited crop products that could have been achieved using conventional breeding facing little additional regulatory burden. Conversely, the genomic alteration in gene edited animals in the US will face the new animal drug regulatory framework. This will disadvantage the use of gene editing in US livestock breeding programs relative to plants, and other countries with a more risk-based approach to the regulation of gene edited animals.

Time

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

Title

Evaluating Grain Drying Systems

Location

Embassy Suites - Pembroke

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This workshop will provide an overview of grain drying systems and will familiarize attendees with the types of dryers and their applications. Operational characteristics and considerations related to capacity, energy use, quality, and suitable moisture ranges for the different systems will be discussed.

Time

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

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CAMM Training

Location

Embassy Suites - Winchester

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2 hour credit $30

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Earn 2 hours of credit for the Confined Animal Manure Manager (CAMM) Program and learn about crop utilization of manure nutrients and soil fertility from CAMM Program Coordinator, Bryan Smith.

Time

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

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Legislative Luncheon

Location

Embassy Suites - 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.

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Women's Luncheon - NO TICKET REQUIRED

Location

Marriott Resort - Atlantic Ballroom

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NO TICKET REQUIRED

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Now FREE to attend, the Women's Luncheon brings together ladies from around the state to celebrate the successes of the year and enjoy entertainment sure to put you in the Christmas spirit! Women's Committee Activity Awards will be presented during the luncheon. 

Time

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

Title

Footprints for the Future - Carbon Credits

Location

Embassy Suites - Kensington DEFG

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Hear from a panel of industry experts about options available to farmers and rural landowners that allow them to protect their land for the future while maximizing profitability and sustainability.

Time

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

Title

SC AgriWellness Update

Location

Embassy Suites - Oxford

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Learn more about SCFB’s mental health program available to all farmers in South Carolina.

Time

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

Title

Pesticide Applicator Training

Location

Embassy Suites - Pembroke

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Learn more about pest management in small grains and earn credits toward recertification.

Time

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

Title

SCFB Marketing Association, LLC. Annual Meeting

Location

Embassy Suites - 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. - 3:00 p.m.

Title

YF&R Excellence in Ag Presentations

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YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Presentations

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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.

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Women's Leadership Chair Training

Location

Marriott Resort - Tides 1&2

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Whether you're a seasoned pro as a Women's Leadership Chair or just getting started in the leadership role, this session will prepare you to make the most of your time as chair. 

Time

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

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Direct-to-Consumer Marketing

Location

Embassy Suites - Kensington DEFG

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, direct-to-consumer marketing of meat and other agricultural products has been on the rise. In this session you'll hear from industry experts to make sure you have the right information to get started marketing your products.

Time

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

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Pesticide Applicator Training

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Embassy Suites - Pembroke

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Learn more about pasture and hay field weed management and earn pesticide applicator recertification credits.

Time

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

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Social Media Training

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Embassy Suites - Oxford

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In today’s world more and more people are getting their information from social media. Learn how to articulate Farm Bureau’s advocacy messages through social media with a specific dive into managing County Farm Bureau pages.

Time

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

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Discussion Meet Competitor Orientation

Location

Embassy Suites - Eton

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

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County Farm Bureau Investment Board, LLC.

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Embassy Suites - Winchester

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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. - 5:00 p.m.

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Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet - Semi Final Round

Location

Embassy Suites - Kensington A&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

Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet - Final Round

Location

Embassy Suites - Kensington A

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

Time

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

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Silent Auction and Farmers Market & Craft Fair Open

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Embassy Suites - Windsor ABC

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Silent Auction bidding ends at 7:15 pm.

Time

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

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Convention/Voting Delegate Registration Open

Location

Embassy Suites - Cambridge Hall

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

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Awards & Recognition Program

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Embassy Suites - 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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Farmers Market & Craft Fair Open

Location

Embassy Suites - Windsor BC

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

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Silent Auction item pick-up

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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 Suites - 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 Suites - Kensington DEFG

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Voting delegate session followed by election of officers and the Organizational Meeting of the 2022 SCFB Board of Directors

Time

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

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Farmers Market & Craft Fair Open

Location

Embassy Suites - Windsor BC

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Time

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

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Youth Ambassador Registration

Location

Embassy Suites - Oxford

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Time

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

Title

Pee Dee District Caucus

Location

Embassy Suites - Kensington A

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Time

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

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Piedmont District Caucus

Location

Embassy Suites - Kensington B

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Time

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

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Central District Caucus

Location

Embassy Suites - Kensington C

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Time

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

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Coastal District Caucus

Location

Embassy Suites - Eton

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Time

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Youth Ambassador Interviews

Location

Embassy Suites - Winchester

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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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Embassy Suites - Windsor BC

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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

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

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Youth Ambassador Luncheon

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Embassy Suites - Oxford

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Boxed lunch for Youth Ambassador competitors, WLC and staff.

Time

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

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Annual and/or Board Meetings of Affiliate Companies

Location

Embassy Suites - 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

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

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SCFB Financial Services, LLC

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Embassy Suites - Eton

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Dr. Aaron Turner

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Sciences, Clemson University

Dr. Aaron Turner is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Clemson University. Prior to this position, he was an engineer associate in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kentucky, where he completed his graduate work. Dr. Turner teaches courses related to the fundamentals of grain drying and storage, agricultural calculations, capstone design, and food process engineering. His research program includes engineering aspects of harvest and post-harvest processing systems (handling, drying, and storage), and examineshow sensors and agricultural data can be leveraged to allow producers to make better decisions. These efforts include evaluating harvest/post-harvest losses and developing system models to improve the efficiency and sustainability of production.

Speaker Sessions

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December 3

Time

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

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Embassy Suites - Pembroke

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Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam

Professor of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology, UC Davis

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a Professor of Cooperative Extension in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis.  She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. Her publicly-funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems.Her current research projects include the development of genome editing approaches for cattle. She has given over 700 invited presentations to audiences globally, anduses a variety of media to inform general public audiences about science and technology. A passionate advocate of science, Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology 2014 Borlaug Communication Award and the American Society of Animal Science 2019 Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics. Twitter: @BioBeef.

Speaker Sessions

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December 3

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

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Embassy Suites - Kensington DEFG

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Dr. James Hollis

Director of SC Meat-Poultry Inspection - Clemson LPH

Jim Hollis DVM, MS has served as the director of South Carolina Meat-Poultry Inspection Department since February 2021. Prior to that appointment, he was assistant director from February 2018 until February 2021.

Before joining Clemson University, Dr. Hollis was the District Veterinarian for the State of Indiana for 15 years. He also spent two years with USDA Food Safety Inspection Service in Cincinnati area before that. For eleven years, he practiced private veterinary medicine in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. 

Dr. Hollis earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University, his Master of Science degree from the University of Kentucky and his Bachelors of Science from Purdue.

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December 3

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

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Embassy Suites - Kensington DEFG

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Jason Ashley

Owner, Back 40 Butchery

Jason started raising forage fed and finished beef around 12-14 years ago. He added pasture-raised pork to his operation in the last 5 years. His two daughters raise pastured chicken and turkeys that they process on the farm. As is the case for many, Jason had a hard time finding a place to process his livestock, so he took matters into his own hands and purchased a USDA certified and inspected plant in Hodges, SC. Working alongside his wife, Penelope, they process 10-12 beef cattle and 5 hogs each week with their numbers reaching 2500 head annually.

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December 3

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

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Embassy Suites - Kensington DEFG

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Jonathan Croft

Agriculture Extension Agent, Clemson University

Jonathan holds a B.S. in agricultural mechanization and business and an M.S. in plant and environmental sciences, both from Clemson University. He delivers educational programming in row crop production in Orangeburg, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties and is a Private Pesticide Applicator Coordinator. His primary areas of expertise are cotton, peanut, soybean, and corn production

Speaker Sessions

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December 3

Time

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

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Embassy Suites - Pembroke

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Lydia Yon

Owner/Operator, Yon Family Farms

Lydia Yon, along with her husband Kevin, operates Yon Family Farms, a family-owned business, in Ridge Spring, SC. Both Yons are graduates of Clemson University with degrees in Animal Science.

Beginning in 1989, the Yons managed an Angus operation for seven years before starting their own farm in 1996. Yon Family Farms is a first generation family farm which was started from scratch. It has evolved into a large purebred cattle operation with over 1000 brood cows, which are primarily Angus. The farm hosts two sales each year in Ridge Spring and markets about 450 bulls and 200 females annually.The Yons also retain ownership on commercial steers each year and the cattle are sold on a value-based grid. Their operation is forage-based and focuses on producing cattle for their customer base, which is primarily, progressive commercial cattlemen. 

The Yons also purchased a pecan orchard and retail store in 2016. The retail store, The Nut House, is an outlet where they sell both pecans, pecan candies, and beef raised on their farm.  

In 2009, the farm received the National Environmental Stewardship Award at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention. Both Yons are alumni of the NCBA Young Cattlemen’s conference and have served in leadership positions at the local and state level in the cattle industry.  Lydia has previously served on the SC Farm Bureau National Legislative Committee and as a director for Ag South Farm Credit.

The Yons have three (young adult) children- Sally, Drake, and Corbin who are all Clemson graduates and have all recently returned to the family farm.

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December 3

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

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Embassy Suites - Kensington DEFG

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Maria Lund

President, First Sun EAP

Maria Lund is President and COO of First Sun EAP a regional provider of employee assistance program services in South Carolina. Maria has over 30 years of experience working in the counseling and EAP fields. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Certified and Licensed Employee Assistance Professional as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Maria began work in community mental health clinician and then worked in private practice before becoming involved in the EAP field. She is a now a leader in the EAP industry and has received rewards and recognition on her leadership from several EAP Associations. For 17 years Maria was Chair of the EAPA Communications Committee and a standing lead columnist for the Journal of Employee Assistance which is the EAP industry’s professional publication. Maria served as a Commissioner on the Employee Assistance Certification Commission. 

Maria lives in Zirconia North Carolina with her husband Lyndon Harris.

 

 

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Speaker Session

SC AgriWellness Update

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December 3

Time

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

Location

Embassy Suites - Oxford

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