SC Women Learn Leadership at State Conference


More than 80 women from 24 counties across the state gathered in Florence, SC September 26-27 for South Carolina Farm Bureau’s (SCFB) annual Women’s Leadership Conference. The group of women experienced the “Magic of the Southern Heritage in the Pee Dee” as they took part in workshops that addressed local agriculture, personal development, and tools that they can use to promote agriculture in their counties. The conference concluded with a tour of the area, including Kalmia Gardens, Darlington Raceway and Wynona Place Plantation.

Presentations were given by local agriculture producers and companies. Annie Ham spoke to attendees about local company McCall’s Cannery and their community and agricultural involvement. Clemson Extension Agent David DeWitt shared his knowledge about agriculture in Florence County and the Pee Dee. Jessica Cabrera, SCFB Director of Organizational Training and Leadership Development presented about mission-driven leadership. Ronald Ross with the Ginkgo Plant and Rowland Alston, the former host of “Making It Grow” also shared presentations with the attendees. The Monday evening banquet entertainment featured the Magic of Brandon Wagster.

SCFB President Harry Ott said: “We are thankful to have such dedicated women in Farm Bureau. Without their enthusiasm and commitment, SCFB would not be able to have the far-reaching influence it has. So far this year, these women have put in more than 3,500 hours of purpose activities around the state. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments.”

Farm Bureau Women at county, state, and national levels coordinate agricultural education and promotional activities. Their work includes supporting important family and agricultural legislation, youth programs, educational activities, leadership development and commodity promotions.

“SCFB women work hard to educate both students and consumers about South Carolina’s #1 industry – agribusiness,” said Ag Literacy and Women’s Program Director Vonne Knight. “Their knowledge of and interest in family farms contributes much to the organization, as they work for the future success of agriculture in our state.”

The SC Farm Bureau Federation is a non-profit membership organization formed to promote and preserve the work of family farmers and rural lifestyles across the state. Founded in 1944, SCFB serves nearly 100,000 member families in 47 county chapters across the state. Persons interested in supporting the efforts of local farm women can contact their county Farm Bureau for additional information or visit us online at

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