County News April 2017
Beaufort County FB Board of Directors donated $100 to the 4-H Sporting Clays Tournament.
Food Check-Out Day was celebrated on Feb.23 at Ronald McDonald House in Charleston. Louis & Ann Ackerman and Laura Hansen met with others from the Coastal District and presented a $100 check, $220 worth of groceries, and 160 pounds of aluminum tabs collected by students at four schools.
Beaufort County Women’s Committee donated $150 to help 2 students attend 4-H Camp.
Attending Women’s Day at the State House were Laura Hansen, Hope Cappelmann, and Ann Ackerman.
The Book of the Year, From Farm To Table, The PB And J Book (“Peanut Butter And Jelly”) and other ag books were read to K-2 classes at several schools with much interest and questions from the students.
On March 2 – Read Across America Day – Laura Hansen read three books at Thomas Heyward Academy – From Farm To Table, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and The Lonely Shadow (a non-agricultural book).
A farm tour was held at for a group of 7th graders attending a birthday party for two of their classmates. They enjoyed a long hay ride through the pasture of cattle, witnessed the feeding of hay and petted two cows and a calf that had been raised on a bottle.
County Council Chair Paul Sommerville has attended several Board of Directors’ meetings with much help and advice when needed.
Beverley Brown, Ann Ackerman and Laura Hansen attended the Women’s District Leadership Meeting held in Lone Star.
Nicki Moody spent an afternoon representing Berkeley County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee for Agriculture Education week with the first and second grade students of St. John’s Christian Academy. Although they were already pretty smart, they learned that all food (even pizza) comes from farms, corn is pretty much everywhere (even in our gasoline) and that money is mostly made of cotton! Now, I hope they all make it to the grand opening of the Moncks Corner Farmers Market April 6th.
Berkeley County FB agreed to assisting Nicki with sponsorship of the following request:
Dear Farm Bureau family,
My name is Nicole Moody and I proudly serve as your Miss Rodeo North Carolina 2017. With this title, it is my job to serve as a southeastern spokesperson for the sport of professional rodeo, it's sponsors and the opportunities that come with it. It is my personal goal to reach out to children as a positive influence teaching sportsmanship, showmanship and mentorship while sharing my love of the rodeo lifestyle. To me, lessons and life skills gained in the rodeo community apply to all aspects of life and will make an individual stand out in a positive manner. In addition to rodeo and similar related appearances, I will be involved with public school systems, orphanages, hospitals and a variety of community events. Themes of appearances will include, but are not limited to; red ribbon week, breast cancer awareness, ag in the class, support armed forces, teacher appreciation, and of course the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. With so many negative alleys that are presented to our youth today, I want to remind them of all the great ways to give back to their communities, become successful adults, but more so follow their dreams in life just as I am following my childhood dream to Miss Rodeo America 2018.
Farm Bureau is also an organization close to my heart and in many ways has prepared me for this opportunity in life. I am a two time Berkeley County Farm Bureau youth ambassador. I have helped in the making of our local Young Farmers Committee. The past few years of participating in statewide events have taught me so many ways to get Berkeley county residence involved in our organization and more so to simply raise appreciation for farmers in our county. This year we plan to participate in ag in tile class, Berkeley County School career fairs and continue to build our Farmers Market in Moncks Corner. My mission is to educate our younger generations about the positive aspects of farming, ranching, rodeoing and agriculture in general.
I am looking for a sponsor to partner with me in this mission for the 2017 year. I already have events scheduled statewide, regionally and across the country as we make our way to the December's Miss Rodeo America Pageant at Wrangler National Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a sponsor you will be represented on every level as I will be your personal advertiser. You will be welcomed to every event and I will gladly join in any events you or your business puts on throughout my reign. Most importantly, you will have the peace of mind that you contributed to the future of your community and country; your youth.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about becoming a sponsor or upcoming events. I am always glad to make appearances at events if they fit into the current schedule of events. Also, please find Miss Rodeo North Carolina on social media to keep up with all events and appearances throughout 2017.
With much love and appreciation,
Miss Rodeo North Carolina 2017
Note the boots on Elijah’s feet. One protects his broken foot from a previous calf ride and the other rocks a cowboy boot and spur because he already riding again. These two roughies Elijah, the calf rider, and Huntley, the mutton buster, know what dedication is already.
Nicki Moody’s last morning at the #silverspursrodeo was truly amazing. They helped out with the Exceptional Kids Rodeo where these young people get to experience all of the rodeo events hands on with our rodeo athletes. Nicki was fortunate enough to model the boot with every one of them!
Amateur Bull Riding in King and day two with the Junior Southern Rodeo Association
Chesterfield County FB had 10 attend the Young Farmer Conference in Charleston on January 27th and 28th.
Chesterfield County Farm Bureau provided supper for Central High School Agriculture Department.
Christy Truesdale read to the children Before We Eat.
Chesterfield had three ladies attend the Women’s Legislative Appreciation Day at the State House on March 16, 2017.
Chesterfield County had four women attend leadership supper on March 39, 2017, in Fort Lawn.
On March 18, 2017, Christopher Derrick, McKayla Porter, Gregg Thomas, and Travis Smith represented Edgefield County Farm Bureau at this year’s 4-H Clay Sporting Fundraiser Event. This year’s Clay Shoot was in the county’s back yard, the National Wild Turkey Federation Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield South Carolina. This was a great opportunity for the County Farm Bureau leaders to represent Edgefield Farm Bureau as well as socialize with many other supporters of the 4-H program and many Farm Bureau members from the area.
The Edgefield team won 1st place for the adult B division.
Florence County FB assisted with the Ag Simulator during the SC Agri Biz in January 2017.
Florence County donated $50 to McLaurin Elementary School. This money was used by the 4-H Club to purchase an incubator.
Florence County Farm Bureau paid fees for Mrs. Cindy Martin/Florence County Teacher to attend the SCFB AITC Institute.
Three ladies from Florence attended Legislative Appreciation Day at the State House on March 16, 2017.
Florence County Women’s Committee read the book of the year to students at Greenwood Elementary and Dewey L Carter Elementary.
Florence County Board Members approved to donate $165 to Savannah Grove Elementary School for a raised bed garden.
Florence County donated food and money to McLeod Guest House in Florence on February 23, 2017. These donations were to promote Food Check-Out week. This event received media coverage from News Channel 13, News Journal and Golden Life.
The Guest House at McLeod is fully funded through charitable donations to the McLeod Foundation. The house provides families from outside the Florence area comfortable accommodations with a warm home environment while their loved ones are receiving treatment at McLeod Regional Medical Center.
Greenville County FB had seven ladies to attend the GCFB Women’s Committee at the Ronald McDonald House-Piedmont Food Check Out. Donations totaled $1922.00!
Anna Holcombe & Bennie Blakely, Co-Chairs GCFB Women’s Committee at the Ronald McDonald House.
Greenville County FB donations to Ronald McDonald House, partnered with CF Sauer
Beth Reynolds reading book of the year, Before We Eat from farm to table, at Robert Cashion’s Elementary School. We donated two books to two schools.
Greenville County FB Women’s Committee at the State House
Anna Holcombe reading to Bell’s Crossing
Children feeding Oreo
Horry Conway County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee collected non-perishable items for the McLeod Guest House and donated $200.00 for, Food Checkout Week.
On March 16th, Horry Conway Farm Bureau Women’s Committee had three ladies attend the SC Farm Bureau Women’s Legislative Appreciation Day at the State House. They enjoyed visiting with the State Senate Chambers and touring the Supreme Court of South Carolina. The lunch served by Stone River Facility was delicious.
For Ag Literacy Week, Chairman Megan Floyd shared the Ag Book of the Year Before We Eat: From Farm to Table with a local school. After reading the book, she also helped students plant squash seeds to illustrate the plant growing process and used the lesson sheets provided.
Horry Conway County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee announced sponsoring two $1,000 scholarships to any senior whose parent/legal guardian is a Farm Bureau member in our local area. Winners will be announced May, 2017.
Richard & Megan Floyd attended the American Farm Bureau YF&R Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. They had the pleasure of serving on the AFBF YF&R Committee. Richard was over the Achievement Award Contest.
Horry Conway Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers were represented by 16 young farmers at the State Conference in Charleston and donated silent auction gifts. Horry Conway Young Farmers & Ranchers were excited to be the sponsors of a Gold Buckle Sponsorship at the South Carolina High School Rodeo. It was two nights of Family Fun on March 10-11, 2017.
Pickens County FB is growing! We are increasing our membership with membership drives and with the favorable insurance rates through Farm Bureau Insurance. We have started growing our Young Farmer and Rancher committee as well. We have some exciting things coming up!
In January, George and Yvonne Bryant, our county president and his wife, were able to attend the American Farm Bureau Conference in Arizona.
Walker Miller, the owner of The Happy Berry, was appointed to the Clemson Extension Advisory Committee and the Clemson Research and Teaching Advisory committee.
Sharon and Tommy King, owners of King’s Sunset Nursery, attended three trade shows in Maryland, Alabama, and in South Carolina.
Janine Sutter, head of the Pickens 4-H and one of our board of directors, has implemented lessons for teaching that bees are pollinators in our local elementary schools.
We had 5 attend the Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference in Charleston. February was our month for meetings.
We are happy to have on board Kerry and Donna Owen, who are the owners of Bee Well Honey. Kerry is the head of our Apiculture committee and has attended the Commodity meeting held in Columbia.
Walker Miller attended the newly formed Diversified Agriculture Committee in Columbia.
Sharon King and Melanie Ginn gifted the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville with $100.00 in celebration of Food Check out day.
We started off March with a Full Board meeting to discuss the budget and what we plan to accomplish this year.
We had three ladies to attend the Women’s Day at the State House.
Our Young Farmer & Rancher committee set up a membership table at the Pickens County Career Center for the FFA Parent/Student Banquet.
The YF&R committee is planning a BBQ membership drive for April. We are planning several events this year to raise awareness of our organization. We want to let people know what we are about and how agriculture affects everyone.
Spartanburg County Farm Bureau was invited to participate in South Carolina History Day.
Woodruff Elementary School in Woodruff South Carolina held South Carolina History Day on March 30, 2017. Jessica Burnett third grade teacher, former South Carolina 4-H State Goat Board Committee Member and mother of two 4-H members (Alli and Sadie) that have been showing goats for over 8 years hosted this event.
Board members Whitney Farr, Case Chumley and Ginger Bowen participated in this event. The topics for the day were focused around the History of South Carolina. Topics included; agriculture, South Carolina official dance (the Shag), Revolutionary War, South Carolina Native Americans and Inman Mills.
The Spartanburg County Farm Bureau members taught a lesson on agriculture in South Carolina. Samples of oats, cotton and millet were passed around for the youth to feel and observe. Students also enjoyed the Ag Simulator. Over 300 students climbed up in the tractor and pretend they were actually driving the tractor through a corn field or another field selection of their choice. The youth changed gears, pushed buttons, operated a computer screen, turned the steering wheel and pressed the pedals all while viewing the Agriculture scene on a video screen. Farm Bureau provided each student with a South Carolina Commodity Map, All About Agriculture Folders and pencils.
York County FB Women’s Committee had a work day on January 26 to prepare toiletry bags for the Ronald McDonald House. They took these bags along with food items and $1,000 in gift cards to the Ronald McDonald House on February 8 for Food Check Out Week. The ladies that went were Peggy Harshaw, Annette Boyd, Faye Lineberger, Annie Turney, Helen Myers, and Carolyn Boyd.
Clint and Carolyn Boyd attended the Ag Expo in Florence on January 11.
Clint Boyd, Carolyn Boyd, Wesley Edmunds and Evelyn Edmunds served as advisories for the Clover FFA program. They attended a meeting on March 14 to get updates on upcoming events FFA Events. The students are very involved in the FFA at Clover.
On March 16, Ruth Harper, Carolyn Boyd, Helen Myers, Annie Turney and Faye Lineberger attended Women’s Day at the State House. Ruth and Carolyn were able to talk with Senator Wes Climer and Senator Harvey Peeler.
The Women’s committee district meeting was held on March 30 at the Wagon Wheel. York County had six ladies to attend. York County along with the other ladies attending were able to celebrate Mrs Faye Linbergers 90th birthday at this meeting.
Six York County YF&R members attended the SCFB YF&R Leadership Conference in Charleston. There was record-breaking attendance! The workshops were informative and the fellowship was amazing.
Jesse and Tracy Miskelly, state YF&R committee members and York County YF&R committee members, attended the AFBF Fusion Conference in Pittsburgh February 10-13. Networking with young farmers across the nation brought different prospectives and opportunities for growth. The Miskelly's thoroughly enjoyed the conference!
York County YF&R met in February to discuss upcoming events and budget. There were six new members present!! During the meeting, the committee decided on new outreach opportunities, a new member get together, and the upcoming Run4Agriculture.
Kindergarten students at one of the Clover schools enjoyed the book Before We Eat. The book was read to them and they enjoyed doing some activities with the book.
The Run4Agriculture was held in Hickory Grove on April 1st. A little over 100 people registered for the event and the YF&R committee raised over $6,000 for the Sara Ann Comer Memorial Scholarship. The Ag Simulator provided entertainment and education on farming for the youth in attendance. Carolyn Boyd, York County Women's Committee Chair, was there to recruit new members. Jessica Cabrera, SCFB staff, was on hand to promote the YF&R program. A good time was had by all - and most importantly, those in attendance heard all about the Farm Bureau organization!