Member Stories - Accordion

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Kristi and Mike Shirer

Kristi and Mike Shirer are fifth generation family farmers in Calhoun County.

Mike was born and raised on the farm, but Kristi had no farm experience until she met Mike. Over the years, the Shirer family farm has included everything from hogs to thoroughbred horses to cotton and hay. Kristi and Mike hope to pass the farm on to their sons and grandchildren one day.

Farm Bureau has given the Shirers the opportunity to promote agriculture and ag education through the country, state and nation. They were the 2014 recipients of the SCFB Distinguished Service Award.

Joye and Julius Davis

Joye and Julius Davis have been owners of their farm in Dalzell, SC for 47 years. On their farm they raise timber and coastal hay.

For Joye, the most rewarding Farm Bureau effort she been part of has been her involvement on the State Women’s Leadership Committee. It has allowed her to serve her community and encourage other women to become involved in agriculture.

The farm life has taught the Davises that through the ups and downs of life and farming, they will always love agriculture.

Zack Snipes

Zack Snipes has loved farming since he was just a kid! He now works for the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service in the Lowcountry advising fruit and vegetable growers on best farming practices. He also serves as the chair of the Charleston County Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.

Zack is passionate about supporting local farms and food. He hopes to be a voice and play an instrumental role in keeping existing farms relevant and helping develop new farms and farmers.

Ty and Tracy Woodard

Ty and Tracy Woodard live on Woodard Farms’ long-time family farm in Darlington where they grow cotton, corn, soybeans, peanuts and beef cattle. Ty is passionate about his family’s legacy in agriculture. 

For the Woodards, farming is a rewarding lifestyle to be part of because it means stewarding the land and animals that feed their family and the world.

Ty and Tracy love Farm Bureau because it connects them to others who are also passionate about agriculture and there are many opportunities to grow, learn and improve agriculture in South Carolina.

Thomas Jones

Thomas Jones has been in the cattle business for five years as Spear T Cattle, LLC. He has a stocker operation on family land in Marion County.

Thomas has goals to expand his cattle business, knowing it’ll take patience and hard work. Farm Bureau has helped him reach his goals and have his voice heard. 

As part of the State Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, Thomas has gained a strong network of friends and support through difficult times.