Aiken County Farm Bureau
Aiken County Farm Bureau and local Farm Bureau Insurance agents lent a hand to Santa’s elves to make Christmas a little brighter for area children. A check totaling $1,000 was presented to the South Aiken Presbyterian Church’s Secret Santa program.
“Secret Santa helps Aiken County children who would otherwise not have much of a Christmas,” said Bob Hagen, Aiken County Farm Bureau Insurance agency manager. “Helping your neighbor is what the true spirit of Christmas represents and I’m proud we can help in some small way.”
The donation was part of a company sponsored holiday community outreach program called Farm Bureau Cares. Through Farm Bureau Cares, county Farm Bureau offices across South Carolina provided a monetary donation to help a family or charity of their choice. Each local donation made by the County Farm Bureau and local agents was matched by Farm Bureau Insurance. Aiken County Farm Bureau and local Farm Bureau Insurance agents selected the Secret Santa program as the recipient of their $1,000 donation.
Anderson County Farm Bureau
Anderson County Farm Bureau was honored with a visit from South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers on Friday, December 9, 2016. Commissioner Weathers spoke on several topics concerning state agricultural issues. Afterwards he held an open discussion with the Anderson County Board of Directors, where they voiced their concerns about local farming issues. The board of directors agreed that it was a productive and informative meeting. A reporter from the Anderson Independent Mail was also present and wrote an article that appeared in the paper’s next day edition.
Beaufort County Farm Bureau
To celebrate Farm/City week, Beaufort County Farm Bureau had a farm tour on Chisolm Plantation to introduce a city family to farm life. They learned all about taking care of farm animals and the habits of cattle. They witnessed hay feeding with big bales and kids had fun rolling out the rest of the bale when it got small enough for them to handle. The kids thought “oh what fun.” They were also able to pet two cows and one calf that grew up being bottle fed and give them treats.
Beaufort County Farm Bureau also held a colonial days at Riverview Charter School for 76 fourth graders. They alternated around four stations:
1. Cotton (look at a cotton plant, pick out seeds, importance of cotton gin and seeing an enlarged paper mache’ replica of the boll weevil)
2. Corn (shelled by hand and small hand metal sheller also used two antique shellers attached to wooden boxes to catch shelled corn)
3. Corn (cracked corn then ground to make meal)
4. Corn meal (each child had a part in making cornbread (learning how to measure and pour). They sampled their cornbread after it was baked.
Five ladies met to make crafts for the country store at the SCFB Annual Meeting plus many worked individually to get all ready for convention. They also attended the Women’s Luncheon at Myrtle Beach and enjoyed the delicious meal and “Patsy Cline” entertainment. In the Farm Bureau’s Got Talent—Abigail Hansen won the Junior 1 Division and Katy Raisch won 2nd place in the Senior 1 Division. Ann Ackerman accepted the activity award for the women’s committee and President Charles Barnard accepted the County Performance Award.
Laura Hansen read the PB&J (peanut butter and jelly) book to several classes at Bridges Preparatory School in November. The book was a door prize at the Spring Coastal District women’s leadership meeting.
Florence County Farm Bureau
The Florence County Farm Bureau Womens Committee donated 125 Ag Folders, 125 Pizza Booklets and pencils to 3rd grade students at Dewey L Carter Elementary School in October. The committee also prepared bags for students/teachers of Greenwood Elementary including Fall Harvest Brochures, candy, and other ag items. On November 17, 2016, Dickie Kirby made a collard growing presentations to Olanta Elementary, Scranton Elementary, and JC Lynch Elementary students.
Pickens County Farm Bureau
Pickens County Farm Bureau held its Annual Membership Appreciation BBQ on October 8, 2016. It was a nice day, the entertainment was great, and over 400 attended. Pickens County FB enjoys giving back to its members for their support.
November was a very busy month. Pickens County FB co-hosted a round table discussion about the current problem in the upstate with Black Vultures. Other sponsors included the Pickens County Cattlemen’s Association, Clemson Extension, DNR, and USDA. PCFB also held its annual Farm City Breakfast (an acknowledgement of Farm City Week). Keynote speaker was Dr. Nathan Smith, Extension Professor and Agribusiness Program leader with Clemson University.
The Upstate suffered from raging fires for days on end because of drought conditions and willful destruction of property, Firefighters from many states worked alongside local firefighters to stop the fires. Pickens County is blessed with many people who stepped up to help feed, clothe, and buy supplies for the firefighters and others helping to put the fires out. PCFB donated food from our Farm City breakfast to the workers. Yvonne Bryant, wife of PCFB county president George Bryant, helped put together food bags for the firefighters.
In December, PCFB had 20 to attend State Convention—the largest attendance ever. PCFB received the 2016 County Performance Award and an Award of Excellence for Membership Gain.
The 2016 winner of the Pickens County Farm Bureau Scholarship is Ms. Anaston Brook of Pickens. She is a freshman at Clemson University majoring in Wildlife Studies. Congratulations, Anaston.
Newberry County Farm Bureau
Newberry County Farm Bureau Young Farmers recently sold turkey stew to raise money to attend the South Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference. Newberry County will be represented by 16 young agriculturalists at the conference to be held the end of January.
Newberry County Farm Bureau was recognized at the SCFB Federation Annual Meeting with numerous awards. The Women’s Committee and Young Farmers Committee received awards for their outstanding work throughout the year. Newberry County Farm Bureau also received the County Performance Award. Jimmie Lee and Katie Shaw were recognized with the South Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award. Cagnee and Chloe Minick were the South Carolina Farm Bureau Senior Talent Winners. Newberry was also represented by James Graham in the Junior Talent contest. Will Lever and Jordan Barnes represented Newberry County in the SCFB Federation Ambassador Contest.
Williamsburg County Farm Bureau
Williamsburg County Farm Bureau is excited to have a Women’s Committee Chair as of October, 2016. Mrs. Peggy Haddock, wife of board member Carroll Haddock, is our new Women’s Chair and we look forward to working with her.
The Pee Dee District was in charge of the Dairy Bar at the convention this December. Thanks to Eric Snyder, Director of Member Relations, who organized and got everything there for us and helped serve the ice cream. Thanks as well to his daughters Rachel and Anna. Those from Williamsburg County Farm Bureau who helped in the Dairy Bar were Women’s Chair Peggy Haddock, secretaries Kim McClary and Sarah Hoff, Board member Jerry Bingham and his wife Louise, and Cathy Britton and Barbara Britton from Florence County Farm Bureau. Thanks to everyone and we all had lots of fun.
The Farm Bureau Women’s Luncheon at the convention was very nice and those who enjoyed it from Williamsburg County were Peggy Haddock, Women’s Chair, Sarah Hoff and Kim McClary, secretaries, Cathy Britton, wife of board member Tommy Britton and Lynn Grier, wife of board member and State Director Mike Grier.
Peggy Haddock and Kim McClary worked in the Country Store during the convention.
Our Voting Delegates attended the Welcome Dinner, General Session, Big Farm Show, meetings, Voting Sessions and other events.
York County Farm Bureau
York County Women’s Committee won the Activities Award for 2016 at the SCFB Annual Meeting. Carolyn Boyd accepted the award for the women’s committee.
York County also won the County Performance Award for 2016. Vice President Dickie Harper accepted this award for the county.
York County was one of the counties that received an award for membership gain. Carolyn Boyd accepted this award. There were nine volunteer master recruiters for the state and Carolyn was one of these recruiters.
There were six ladies from York County who attended the ladies luncheon at the SCFB Annual Meeting.
Tracy and Jesse Miskelly attended the SCFB Annual meeting as YF&R State Committee members. They helped with the golf tournament and YF&R competitions. They had breakfast with the SC Farm Bureau leadership, AFBF President Duvall, and other young farmers around the state. York County received the YF&R County Activity Award, and Tracy Miskelly accepted this award for the YF&R committee. She also participated in the YF&R Discussion Meet and was named second runner up.
In December, Tracy went to Washington with a group of SC Young Farmers to meet with leaders and discuss concerns dealing with SC agriculture. Tracy and Jesse, along with a group of York County young farmers, will be attending the YF&R Leadership Conference in January. The conference will be in Charleston and so far, a record setting number of people will attend.
York County Farm Bureau and York Soil & Water Conservation District held its annual Partners in Conservation & Agriculture Legislative & Awards Dinner on December 8 with a meal catered by Jackson’s Kitchen of Clover. Issues important to the agriculture community were discussed and awards were presented. Carolyn and Clint Boyd set up a Farm Bureau membership information table at the event.