SCFB Ensures Hemp Farmers are Represented in Policy Discussions

Since industrial hemp was legalized in South Carolina in 2017, it has grown in popularity. Farmers are excited about the income potential for this new crop, but this fledgling sector is still facing challenges. South Carolina Farm Bureau recently added a Hemp Committee to its list of nineteen other commodity and...

Deer Herd Management

Last year, lawmakers passed a bill to help landowners and hunters manage a growing deer population in South Carolina. Farmers have been reporting increased levels of depredation of crops by deer, and these changes allow for increased harvest opportunities. 

For the 2019 deer hunting season, the eight date specific...

Youth Leaders Learn Agriculture at SCFB Conference

Aiken, SC – Seventeen rising high school juniors and seniors from across South Carolina recently participated in the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation’s 2019 Youth Leadership Conference in Aiken, SC.

The conference, held at Camp Long June 23-27, allowed students to gain valuable leadership skills and a better...

2019 Annual Ag in the Classroom Teacher Institute

2019 teacher institute group photo

Columbia, S.C. – Thirty-six educators from across South Carolina recently learned how to bring agriculture into their classrooms. The South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation hosted its annual Ag in the Classroom Summer Teacher Institute June 10-14 in Columbia, S.C., where teachers of grades pre-K through 8th grade in...

SCFB Stands for Farmers in Duke Rate Increase Case

SCFB Stands for Farmers

The South Carolina Public Service Commission issued a ruling on Duke Energy Progress’ proposed rate increase on Tuesday. South Carolina Farm Bureau President Harry Ott and other Farm Bureau members testified during the hearings in April to ensure farmers’ voices were heard.

The ruling instructs Duke Energy to...

S.C. legislators can help farmers

Harry Ott

We have become all too familiar with the recent widespread natural disasters. Farmers, in particular, would really like to forget. Believe me.

Since 2015, South Carolina farmers have started from ground zero over and over with each new plant and harvest season. From Matthew and Irma, to Florence and Michael, the...

Young Farmers and Ranchers ‘Agvocate’ at Statehouse

Young Farmers at Statehouse

Young farmers and ranchers from across South Carolina spoke with agricultural leaders and members of the Senate and House of Representatives recently during the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Legislative Day at the Statehouse.

The Federation’s YF&R members from across the state...

Faith, Family, Farming

Zippy Duvall

Many of you know that my wife Bonnie has been in the hospital for several weeks recovering from emergency surgery related to her cancer, and I’ve been spending a lot more time in Georgia than in Washington lately. Bonnie is doing much better. There’s still a long road ahead, but Bonnie is getting stronger every day. We...