Youth attend leadership conference

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Students participating in the 2014 South Carolina Farm Bureau (SCFB) Youth Leadership Conference had the chance to learn about their local, state and national governments, and how they can be agricultural advocates through the legislative process. Pictured from left Haley Miller and Brianna Williams.

Georgetown County students, Haley Miller and Brianna Williams, were among a select group of high school juniors and seniors from around the state who recently participated in the 2014 South Carolina Farm Bureau (SCFB) Youth Leadership Conference.

The conference was based at Newberry College and featured a number of workshops focused on leadership and teamwork.

Programs that foster understanding and awareness of agriculture and government were also emphasized.

Attendees learned about their local, state and national governments and how they can be advocates through the legislative process.

A highlight of the conference included a visit to the South Carolina State House where the students witnessed the swearing in of Interim Lieutenant Governor State Senator Yancy McGill of Williamsburg County.

The conference operates on a two-year curriculum cycle where students learn about agricultural marketing and promotion one year and about government relations and agricultural advocacy the next.

The conference falls under the umbrella of the Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership program.

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.

In exchange for their annual dues and financial support of education, promotion, and lobbying efforts on behalf of agriculture and family farmers, Farm Bureau members are entitled to discounts and access to a number of quality products.

SCFB is a not-for-profit membership organization formed to help keep family farmers in business and rural lifestyles thriving across the state.

The organization serves more than 100,000 member families in 47 chapters and has been around since 1944. Persons interested in supporting agricultural education are encouraged to contact their county Farm Bureau office or the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation at www.scfb.org for additional information.

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