Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Georgetown County residents Jessie Baxley, Rachel Hemingway, Annie and Josh Baxley were among a group of more than 150 young farmers from across the state attending the recent South Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Conference in Greenville.
Conference attendees participated in many workshops including a general session by Family Business Consultant Jolene Brown of Iowa on “The Top Ten Mistakes that Break-up a Family Business.” Other workshops included sustainable gardening, grain marketing, canning basics irrigation installation, and stored grain management.
In addition, young farmers received an update on agricultural water use issues from SCFB President David Winkles and they took advantage of numerous opportunities to network with other family farmers from across the state.
Winkles said, “Since its beginning in 1972 the SCFB Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Program has played a prominent role by developing Farm Bureau leaders among farmers between the ages of 18 and 35 on county, state, and national levels.”
After chairing the state YF&R Committee for his one-year term, Neal Baxley of Mullins in Marion County turned the gavel over to Reed Rogers of McConnells in Chester County.
SCFB Young Farmer & Rancher Consultant Russell Ott noted, “Farm Bureau has a strong tradition and heritage representing farmers. In order for our organization to survive, grow and prosper, it’s imperative to recruit future leaders into the organization. This conference was designed to encourage participants to take the lead in their communities and in Farm Bureau.”
Ott added, “I am encouraged by their successes, as well as their enthusiasm, creativity and innovation. All these qualities are needed for the continued progress of agriculture in South Carolina.”
Persons interested in supporting agriculture are encouraged to contact their county Farm Bureau office or visit www.scfb.org for additional information.
South Carolina Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. It was established in 1944 to help keep family farmers in business, to keep rural lifestyles thriving, and to keep food production as local as possible.