Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 South Carolina YF&R Conference

William and I had the pleasure of spending the weekend in Hilton Head, SC
I had never been to the island before but couldn't wait.
Hilton Head Island was the spot for the 2011 SC YF&R conference...
and I was just as excited about attending...
making new friends..
visiting with old ones...
and learning new ways to help our farm...
from telling our story to precision Ag to financial sessions...
all were very informative and useful.

William and I were lucky enough to be appointed to the state committee
so we headed down early to help setup and tour the area

we got to walk through Historic Bluffton, SC
and see houses that cost 1.2 million dollars to restore
(that's not confederate dollars, but union dollars)

Cotton Gothic Churches that had honey bees living in the cross

beautiful trees with Spanish moss

We also had wonderful speakers..
on Friday
Will Gilmer of Alabama
a You Tube sensation for music videos like
this one and my personal favorite this one
but also a man who has taken time off the farm
to share his story
and serve as a voice for his fellow young farmers and ranchers
as AFBF YF&R Chair.

Saturday started with Hugh Weathers
SC Commissioner of Agriculture
and the SC Farm Bureau Government Relations team
updating us on actions happening in the legislature that will affect us
the day continued with wonderful workshops
Ms. Vonne Knight presented a workshop on
Ag in the Classroom, and how we can tell our story
to future generations

district directors Woody and Thompson
presented Farm Bureau 101
to help people understand how and why our organization began
and to help us become more involved in all areas
Matt Lohr, VA Commissioner of Ag was the keynote speaker
at the luncheon giving us great ideas on
speaking out for agriculture
to protect not only our family farms but our industry as well
Will Henderson presented a workshop on Precision Ag
and the best ways to use the information on farm
the conference ended with a luau to encourage all YF&R members
to enter the Discussion Meet, Excellence in Ag, and Achievement award
for a chance to win great prizes such as a club car utv, a dodge ram pickup and an all expenses paid trip to
HAWAII
Brandon Hurley of Laurens, gave his retiring remarks
and handed the position of chair over to
JEB Wilson of Chester

I am excited to serve on this wonderful committee...
not only for the friends i know we will make,
the trips we can take,
but for the knowledge and experience we can gain,
and for the difference that we can make for other
family farmers.