State YF&R Committee
Young farmers shaping the agriculture of today and tomorrow
The State Young Farmer and Rancher Committee is made up of no more than sixteen young adults who are appointed by the SCFB President for two-year terms. Representation on the committee may be single young farmers or married couples. Each district is represented by two couples or single young farmers. Committee members work hard to plan programming that will engage South Carolina farmers, ranchers, agriculturalists, agribusiness professionals and ag-enthusiasts between the ages of 18-35. Furthermore, committee involvement is an exciting leadership development opportunity for aspiring leaders of the SC Farm Bureau family.
The State Committee follows these practices:
5 Leadership Practices: Step up, Link up, Team up, Show up and Speak up
3 Development Practices: Learn it, Grow it, Do it
State Committee members have a series of structured meetings and events that they participate in annually, as well as eight (8) self-directed activities that incorporate local government, community, Farm Bureau, Ag Diversity, and Ag Involvement.
If you are a young farmer or rancher between the ages of 18 and 35 with an interest in growing as a leader in agriculture, please contact your County Farm Bureau President and express your interest in serving on the State YF&R Committee. County Presidents are responsible for nominating members to serve.
Jonathan & Amanda Croft
Jonathan and Amanda are from Bamberg. Amanda manages the family farm including specialty poultry, beef cattle, hunting leases, and timber production. She is an NRCS Soil Conservationist and Jonathan works as a Clemson Extension Agronomy Agent for Orangeburg and Dorchester counties. Amanda is YF&R Committee Chair.
Guy & Cameron Ramsey
Guy and Cameron, of York, have a small cow-calf herd and grow their own hay. Cameron teaches ag at York Middle School. Guy holds two patents on hay yield monitoring technology with Clemson. Guy currently serves as Vice-Chair of the YF&R Committee.
Pee Dee District
Spencer & Lauren Evans
Spencer and Lauren, of Horry-Conway, combined their different ag backgrounds to start their own farm. They grow fruits and vegetables and sell them locally. Their favorite is watermelon!
Clint & Katie Moore
The Moores, from Greenville, raise beef cattle and grow their own hay, haylage, oats and sorghum for feed. Katie is an Extension Associate for Clemson; Clint is the Superintendent of the city's Storm Water Division.They both serve on their County Farm Bureau Board.
Justin and Kesler Ballew
Justin and Kesler live in Irmo, SC with their 10 year old chocolate lab, Thomas. Justin is a Horticulture Agent with Clemson Extension, working with commercial fruit and vegetable growers across the midlands. Kesler is a QA Specialist with Travel Nurse Across America. They enjoy the outdoors, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Pee Dee District
Chris and Alisha Stevens
Chris and Alisha, of Horry-Loris, have a cattle farm and grow hay and annual forages, grains to sell for feed, and do custom work round baling for other local farmers. They are raising their two children to be the next generation on their farm.
Joe is a fourth-generation farmer in Allendale. He farms along with his dad and brother on JCO Farm where they grow corn, soybeans, cotton, peanuts, winter grains and raise cattle. Joe is focused on conservation and used variable rate technology to map the farm allowing him to make precise decisions about how much water and fertilizer his crops need.
Clay and Emily Alexander
Clay and Emily raise beef cattle on their farm, Weems Creek Cattle Company, in Anderson county. They recently partnered with Brasstown Beef to bring their products from the farm to market. Clay also works for Genex Beef and Southeast Agriseeds. Emily is a registered nurse whose current job is part-time cow hand, part-time secretary and full-time mom. They're raising their two children to love the farm life.
Whitney & Lynne Farr
Whitney and Lynne serve on the AFBF YF&R Committee. They raise hay, wheat, soybeans and beef cattle. Lynne is active in her County Women’s Committee and Whitney serves on Spartanburg County Council.