Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Dorchester County residents Annsley Judy, Madelyn Fender, Anne Gentey, Laura Judy, Madison Reeves, Matthew Reeves, Brice Shuler and Reese Smoak, were among a select group of high school juniors and seniors from around the state who recently participated in the 2013 South Carolina Farm Bureau (SCFB) Youth Leadership Conference.
The annual conference was held on the campus of Newberry College and featured a number of workshops focused on developing leadership and team building along with programs that foster understanding and awareness of agriculture and entrepreneurship. The students took part in a group project where they were required to develop a business plan based on a South Carolina commodity. Each group was required to present its final project to a panel of judges, and the winning team was awarded a cash prize.
In addition, the students toured Clemson University, South Carolina’s land-grant institution, where they learned about careers in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences and had the opportunity to tour several of the University farms.
SCFB Women’s Program Coordinator Faith Lawrimore said: “Today’s teenager has a greater opportunity to succeed than earlier generations. They have more knowledge and information at their disposal and have higher degrees of technology at their fingertips. This conference is designed to entice participants to learn about the many opportunities in agribusiness while enhancing their leadership and teambuilding skills.
“They can be the new blood of agriculture keeping South Carolina’s agricultural industry a vital part of the state’s economy.”
The conference was coordinated with the assistance of state and county Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committees, who, in addition to working with this event, sponsor a variety of other educational and promotional programs each year.
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. Membership dues support educational, promotional, and lobbying efforts on behalf of agriculture and family farmers. Farm Bureau members are also entitled to discounts and access to a number of quality products.
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.