Young Farmers and Ranchers ‘Agvocate’ at Statehouse
Columbia, SC – Young farmers and ranchers from across South Carolina spoke with agricultural leaders and members of the Senate and House of Representatives Wednesday during the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Legislative Day at the Statehouse.
The Federation’s YF&R members from across the state gathered in Columbia to celebrate agriculture, the largest piece of our state’s economy, and to advocate for the future of the industry. The group was introduced in both the Senate and House Chambers, and had the opportunity to speak with policymakers regarding legislation that affects agriculture in South Carolina and thank them for their support. They also heard from the Commissioner of Agriculture, Hugh Weathers, during their luncheon at the Capital City Club.
“As young farmers and ranchers in South Carolina, we face challenges every day,” said Davis Peeler, an Anderson County farmer and the Chairman of the state YF&R Committee. “Farm Bureau connects us to a strong grassroots network and provides many opportunities, like the YF&R Day at the Statehouse, to make sure our concerns are heard and our successes are celebrated. Visiting with our lawmakers is not only a way to do that, but to also thank our legislators who have supported us throughout the year.”
“The YF&R program is all about shaping and growing the future leaders of South Carolina agriculture,” said Harry Ott, SCFB President. “We want these young folks to visit with their legislators face-to-face and create that personal connection it takes to maintain positive relationships with the lawmakers who influence the decisions made about the agriculture industry in South Carolina. Based on the strength of our YF&R program, the future of agriculture looks very bright.”
Agribusiness is the state’s largest industry generating nearly $42 billion annually and more than 212,000 jobs each year.
The SCFB Young Farmers and Ranchers Program is made up of Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35. In this agricultural leadership development program, young farmers and agribusiness professionals become a part of an active grassroots network that promotes agricultural interests in South Carolina. The pillars of the SCFB YF&R Program are networking, leadership development and insight into policy development.
The SCFB Young Farmers & Ranchers program is one of many purpose activities sponsored by the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, a grassroots, non-profit organization with more than 100,000 member families statewide, celebrating and supporting family farmers, locally grown food, and our rural lands through legislative advocacy, education, and community outreach. By connecting farmers to the larger community, Farm Bureau cultivates understanding about agriculture’s importance to South Carolina’s local economies.