October 2016

FLORENCE COUNTY NEWS                                                              
Florence County Farm Bureau donated a gift basket to the Palmetto Palate Silent Auction on July 21.

In August, the FCFB handed out Back to School baskets to teachers.  Each basket included a letter encouraging teachers to visit www.scfb.org for more AITC information.

Also in August, Florence County contributed $250 to ArborOne to help sponsor their “Aim At Ag” event.  

WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY NEWS                                                        
The Williamsburg County Board of Directors is a sponsor of the Jr. Leadership of Williamsburg County again this year. This program, partnered by Williamsburg County 4-H and the Hometown Chamber, places eligible high school juniors in a six month program to introduce them to agriculture, industry, county government, and health care,  Upon completion of the program, the youth are taken on a Leadership Tour of Washington, D.C.

The Board awarded two scholarships this school year and both students are attending Clemson University and majoring in agriculturally related fields.  The recipients are Elizabeth Jane Daniel of Nesmith, and Mary M. Wilkerson (Maggie) of Andrews.

Williamsburg County Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting was held at Brown’s BBQ on August 30.  A large crowd attended and all enjoyed hearing from President Harry Ott, our speaker that evening. We were glad to have President Ott and his wife Linda join us.  Other guests included Eric Snyder, SCFB’s Director of Member Relations; Betty Meadows, Executive Assistant to President Ott; her husband, Mike; Keith Allen, Pee Dee District Vice-President; and David Branham, SCFB District Director.  

YORK COUNTY NEWS                                                                    
On July 18, Beth White, York County Farm Bureau Legislative Committee Chair , along with County Director, CW Senn, attended the York County Council Meeting and presented the council members with baskets of fresh fruits and vegetables. Beth thanked the York County Council for their continued support of the farmers in York County.

Arthur Q. Black, President of York County Farm Bureau, would like to announce the 2016-2017 York County Farm Bureau Scholarship recipients. This scholarship is awarded to a resident of York County based on character, demonstrated leadership abilities, and dedication to agriculture or a related field, after completing his or her first semester at a four year school of higher education. Each recipient receives an award of $1,000 from York County Farm Bureau. 

This year York County Farm Bureau is proud to announce two recipients.  Hayley Elizabeth Boyd, daughter of Christie & Roy H Boyd III of Rock Hill, is entering her senior year at Clemson University majoring in Pre-Veterinary Science.  Robert Henry Mitchell, son of Bill & Marie Mitchell of York, will be entering his senior year at Winthrop University majoring in Management.

York County Directors Clint and Carolyn Boyd attended the SCFB Policy Development Meeting in Columbia on August 9.

The York County YF&R Committee met on August 9 to discuss ways to recruit new members.  One possibility was to host a dinner for young farmers in the community around January and to sponsor a little league team to get Farm Bureau's name out there.  They also discussed the SAC Run that will be held with the Hickory Grove Fire Departments tractor show in April of 2017.  

The York County Farm Bureau held its annual business meeting on Tuesday August 16, at 7 pm. Prior to the meeting, everyone enjoyed a prime rib dinner.  

The York County Fall Livestock show was held September 3-4 at B&S Farm located at 3354 Armenia Rd in Chester. York County Farm Bureau and the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee proudly supported the York County Fall Livestock Show, not only with a very generous monetary sponsorship but also through volunteering as well. To make the show a success, members worked many jobs from cleanup crew to show superintendents. County Secretary, Sandra Robbins, helped in the concession stand.

Six ladies from the York County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee attended the Women’s Conference on September 26-27 in Florence. Those attending were Peggy Harshaw, Annette Boyd, Helen Myers, Anna Turney, Ruth Harper and Faye Lineberger. They enjoyed all the activities that were planned for the ladies and had a wonderful trip.

GREENVILLE COUNTY NEWS                                                                    
A large crowd enjoyed Greenville County Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting September 10th with a BBQ dinner, business meeting, talent competition, ambassador competition, and door prizes.  Ambassador winners were Robert Hunter and Morgan Reynolds. Talent winners included  (Junior) The Gangsta Grannies and (Senior) Ally McCaslin. 

The 58th South Greenville Fair in Simpsonville was held Saturday September 17. This event is sponsored by Greenville County Farm Bureau with Edwin Terry, Greenville County Farm Bureau Board member, as Co-Chair.  The special events included a goat, chicken, rabbit, dairy and beef cattle show; downtown tractor parade; BBQ cook off; Fair Queen; and Flower and Art shows. This event is always held the 3rd Saturday in September. ....come join us next year!

Ladies from the Greenville County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee attended the Women's Conference in Florence, SC.

Our new Farm Bureau tent designed by Allen Kellett, Membership Chair of Greenville County, has arrived and was put to good use at the South Greenville Fair.  Allen was stationed there promoting Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau memberships.

On behalf of Greenville County Farm Bureau, Edwin Terry, Scholarship Committee Chairman, awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Katie Tuten of Clemson University and to Ben Crawford of Clemson University.  The awards were presented at the county’s annual meeting on September 10.

CHEROKEE COUNTY NEWS                                                                    
Cherokee County FB held their annual membership meeting on September, 13th. Those in attendance received a catered BBQ meal and a number of door prizes. Speakers on the program were Thompson Smith, Piedmont District Director, and Jessica Cabrera, SCFB Director of Organizational Training and Leadership Development.  Guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Thomas Dobbins, Extension Director of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service.

Bessie Mayfield, Women’s Committee Chairperson, Bonnie Scruggs, County Secretary, Chris LeMaster, County Board of Directors’ member, and volunteer Barry Hawkins visited the children at the Cherokee Children’s Home. The children were taught the proper way to plant vegetables and flowers in pots and in the ground.  They also learned how to care for plants to help them grow.

Women’s Committee members Bessie Mayfield and Nancy Lee attended the SCFB Women’s Leadership Conference in Florence, SC.

PICKENS COUNTY NEWS                                                                    
Sharon King, Pickens County Women’s Chair, presented an Ag in the Classroom project on corn at Gettys Middle School in Easley in conjunction with the 4-H Club, 

PCFB was represented at the Drought Relief Presentation held at Pendleton High School.  

PCFB held its Legislative Banquet on August 25. We had the chance to celebrate our long relationship with Senator Larry Martin, who has been a great friend of Farm Bureau for many years. We are also looking forward to working with Senator Rex Rice in the future.  

We had six ladies attend the Women’s Conference in Florence.  

We are looking toward to a busy fall and winter with our Membership Appreciation BBQ coming up and with the State Convention around the corner.

NEWBERRY COUNTY NEWS                                                                    
Newberry County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee sponsored their Talent and Queen Contests along with our Ambassadors sharing their winning essays on August 20th at the Newberry Middle School. These contests were held after the Newberry County Farm Bureau business meeting and annual turkey stew supper.

Jordan Barnes was selected as “Miss Newberry County Farm Bureau” and also selected as the 2nd runner-up in the talent contest. Cagnee and Chloe Minick were the Senior Talent Winners and James Graham was our Junior Talent Winner.  All of them will represent Newberry County at the SCFB Talent Contest in December.    

Will Lever and Jordan Barnes were selected as our Ambassadors and will represent Newberry County in the Ambassador Competition at the SCFB Annual in December.

The SCFB Legislative Dove Hunt was held at Overbridge Farms in Newberry County on September 6th.  This was hosted by the SCFB Government Relations Department.    

Newberry County Farm Bureau members also contacted County Council members in September with concerns with the Agritourism ordinance.  The ordinance was passed with the items of concern for local agriculture being struck from the ordinance.

GREENWOOD COUNTY NEWS                                                                    
On July 15, children enjoyed the AgSimulator at “Farm Life Adventure Camp” located at Greenwood Christian School.   

On August 5, Ms. Betty Warner, loyal FB member since 1958, was one of the featured artists in the Arts on the Farm exhibit at the Arts Council of Greenwood County.    

OCONEE COUNTY NEWS                                                                    
The Oconee County Farm Bureau held a “Farmer Appreciation Night” in October in Westminster at the Foothills Heritage Fair.

OCFB president Tim Donald welcomed farmers and their families before they sat down to a meal of barbecue chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, and potato salad.

“There are people in all kinds of production agriculture who get our food to the grocery store, said President Donald.  “That’s why we came up with the idea for this fair.”

Guest speaker for the event was SC Commissioner of Agriculture Huge Weathers.  He noted that the average age of a farmer in South Carolina is now 60 years.  “We want to make the agriculture industry attractive to the next generation of farmers as a career choice,” he said.

President Donald said that without events like Farmer Appreciation Night, people who are not from rural parts of the country won’t know much about farmers. 

LANCASTER COUNTY NEWS                                                                    
The Lancaster County Farm Bureau has awarded two scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year.  The winners are Kendijah Brown and Dustin Brecht. 

Brown, who graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in May, is going to Clemson University to study pre-veterinary medicine.

Brecht, a junior at Clemson, is concentrating on agricultural mechanization, agribusiness, and East Asian studies.