County News July 2016




Kid’s fest, our big April event, was cancelled this year due to thunderstorms and tornado warnings.


Four ladies, Ann Ackerman, Women’s Committee Chair, Laura Hansen, Beverley Brown and Hope Cappelmann, attended the women’s district leadership meeting held in Lone Star.

Four students attended the youth leadership conference at Newberry College.  The Women’s Committee provided transportation and lunch to and from the conference with Laura Hansen making sure that all things were taken care of before returning to Beaufort.


Aluminum tabs for Ronald McDonald house were picked up at the end of the school year from three schools--Bolden Elementary, Thomas Heyward Academy, and Bridges Charter.

Beverley Brown held several weekly summer camps which included animals, vegetables, environment, food preparation, chickens and eggs.  The Women’s Committee provided ice cream for the campers.


Thirty kids visited Dempsey U-pick Farm and 30 kids visited Barefoot Farm to learn how fresh vegetables are grown and also to pick some.


Baby farm animal day was held at Riverview Charter School with over 400 students learning about each kind of animal.


The book of the year “The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen” and other ag books were read and discussed at three schools by Laura Hansen.  She and Beverley Brown also taught many other ag lessons.




Fairfield County FB made a $500.00 donation to Plant It Forward.  They also co-sponsored a Legislative Banquet on May 19, 2016 with Chester County Farm Bureau; sponsored Sarah Costenbader to attend the 2016 Youth Leadership Conference at Newberry College June 12-15; and sponsored 2016 Ag = Art Tour for Fairfield and Kershaw Counties June 18-19, 2016.




On April 14, 2016, Mrs. Rhett Bacot, Mrs. Judy Brigman and Mrs. Elizabeth Mendoza assisted with the ag-simulator during the Briggs Elementary Taste of Florence. 


On April 19, 2016, eight ladies from Florence County attended the Pee Dee District Women’s Leadership Meeting at Percy and Willie’s in Florence.


On June 1, 2016, Florence County was represented during a Governor Haley Press Conference at Smokey Joe’s in Florence County.

On June 9, 2016, Florence County Farm Bureau held a Legislative Appreciation Luncheon at Cains BBQ in Florence at 12PM.  There were approximately 50 in attendance.


On June 14, 2016, Mrs. Rhett Bacot and Mrs. Lisa Lee promoted Dairy Month by giving ice cream to summer school students at Dewey L Carter.  Farm Bureau ag pencils and materials were also given to these students.




The 20th annual Blue Ridge High FFA Farm Day was held April 30th with over 380 students from three different schools attending.  Greenville County Farm Bureau members Brenda and Jason Wright, Craig Prince and Matthew Lindsey worked this event which included hay rides, plant sale, BBQ, chainsaw competition, tractor displays and events.


Papa Bruce's Barnyard (Anna and Bruce Holcombe) has held several farm tours, and they have a new baby deer added to their farm animals which the children love to pet. Many of these children have never even seen a "real life farm animal" much less petted one.


Seven Greenville County Farm Bureau women attended the Piedmont District meeting in Laurens County.


Matt Sims attends the monthly Greenville County Council meetings as the Greenville County Farm Bureau representative.


Allen Kellett, Greenville FB Membership Chairman, has successfully designed and purchased   a Farm Bureau membership tent for Greenville County. This tent will not only be good covering when working events, but will be an attention catcher to attract the public.

The 59th Annual South Greenville Fair steering committee met to finalize plans for the upcoming Fair. Pictured are Flower Show Co-Chairs Judith Rogers & Eileen Hofmeister, Chair of the Flower Show for the South Greenville Fair; Fair Queen Competition, Beef Show Chairman Peden Styles; Art Show, Rabbit, Dog and Chicken Shows Chairman Connie Hall; Co-Chairs of the 59th South Greenville Fair Ann Stephens and Edwin Terry (Greenville County Farm Bureau Board); Sandy Lindsey (Greenville County Farm Bureau) Marketing/PR. This event will be held at Simpsonville City Park on September 17th and is FREE. Greenville County Farm Bureau is a sponsor of this wonderful yesteryear agricultural event. For more information, call Edwin Terry @ 864-915-2746.  Please visit the South Greenville Fair and support Agriculture and Farm Bureau!



Legislative Dinner - Horry-Conway and Horry-Loris came together to thank Legislators for their support of the Farm Aid Bill. Both county boards hosted a dinner at the Trestle Café in Conway SC June 23, 2016.  Pictured are Horry-Conway County President Richard Floyd (middle), wife and Horry-Conway Women’s Committee Chair Megan Floyd,  and SC Senator Greg Hembree District 28.



Earth Day at Homewood ElementaryTwo of Horry-Conway’s secretaries Jessica Richardson and Amber Collins attended a Earth Day Celebration at Homewood Elementary in Conway SC. The secretaries were there to help with the SCFB AG simulator and to help educate the students on the importance of agriculture.















Aynor High School FFA Land Judging TeamThe FFA Land Judging team represented Aynor High School in the National Land Judging Completion in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in May 2016. Horry-Conway Farm Bureau presented a check to the Aynor FFA to help pay for the team to go to Oklahoma.  Pictured are Zach Vorp, Buck Larrimore, Dylan Andrew and Blake Collins.



2016 High School National Finals Rodeo:  Local high school students McKenzie Johnson, Ethan Johnson, and Maggie Nobles made it to National High School Rodeo Finals in Wyoming.  




Newberry County Farm Bureau hosted lunch on June 9th for the teachers attending the “Ag in the Classroom Institute.”  During the day the teachers enjoyed tours of Satterwhite Farms and Setzler Farms in Newberry.  


The Newberry County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers conducted the “Ag Olympics” at the SC Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Conference on June 12th.   After the games were finished, refreshments were served by the Young Farmer group.



Newberry County Farm Bureau held a Meet & Greet membership dinner on June 27th.  Prospective members were invited to come enjoy a country fried steak supper and meet President Ott.  President Ott spoke to the group about the benefits of becoming a Farm Bureau member.


After President Ott’s presentation, membership applications and copies of the member benefit program were distributed to the prospective members.   President Ott opened the floor up for questions from the group.  


The Women’s Committee delivered ice cream to a local daycare in recognition of June Dairy month.



Pickens County Farm Bureau along with Clemson Extension sponsored a Backyard Symposium, on April 2, which was to enlighten and educate the members about agriculture.  The symposium focused on small scale gardening, small animal care, and aquaponics.  We had guest speakers from Clemson University, the Extension Service, and from a small farm to table operation.  We hope to repeat this type of symposium in the future as we feel this is a needed program for our area. 


Sharon King and Janine Sutter set up a membership booth at the 4-H Fair held at the Pickens County Career and Technologies Center to promote our organization among the younger crowd. 


Carlene Gilstrap set up a membership booth at the Cattlemen’s Association Meeting at the Pickens County Career and Technologies center. 


Sharon King set out trees at the Pickens County Animal Shelter.  She demonstrated to the volunteers how to plant and how to care for the trees.


We had two students, Jordan Sutter and Kayli Denton, attend the Youth Conference in Newberry.  


Pickens County is this year’s recipient of the White-Rhinehardt grant. 


We are happy to announce that one of our members, Alice Cox, a student at Southern Wesleyan University, is the recipient of a $1000 scholarship sponsored by the South Carolina Farm Bureau Foundation. 


Kerry Owen, a long time Pickens County Farm Bureau member and owner of Bee Well Honey Farm, won the 2016 South Carolina Farmer of the Year Award.  We are very proud of his accomplishment.


We are saddened to announce that our long time member and volunteer, Noah “Andy” Anderson, 91, passed away on April 27, 2016.  He had worn many hats at the Pickens County Farm Bureau office, including County President and was retired from Clemson Extension Services.  He will be missed.




On May 6, Williamsburg County Secretaries Kim McClary and Sarah Hoff were at Williamsburg Academy Field Day with the Ag Simulator, where approximately 200 students enjoyed the crop harvesting experience.

Board Members hve been busy attending the State House in May, first for the House overriding Governor Haley's veto of Farm Aid and next for the Senate overriding her veto. Recently some of the board members attended the first "Farm Aid "educational session held at Brown's BBQ on July 1, sponsored by SC Farm Bureau.


Williamsburg County students Julia Daniel, Allen Carsten, and Marti Easler (pictured) attended the SC Farm Bureau Federation's 2016 Youth Leadership Conference in Newberry in June.




York County Farm Bureau had four ladies to attend the Central District Women’s meeting on April 21 at The Front Porch in Chester. Attending the very informative meeting was Annie Turney, Helen Myers, Faye Lineberger and Carolyn Boyd.


Carolyn Boyd attended and gave out Farm Bureau Information at a motorcycle benefit ride on April 23.  She also served on a committee that helped in the selection of the Clover FFA officers for 2016-2017.


Clint and Carolyn Boyd and CW Senn attended the Chester Legislative Banquet on May 19. Clint and Carolyn set up a membership recruiting table (pictured) at this event. They were able to sign up some new Farm Bureau Members.