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Youth attend state leadership conference

Posted: August 9, 2011 3:27 p.m.
Updated: August 10, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Kershaw County residents (from left) Matt McCaskill, Josh Ross, Leila Peebles and Sarah Cotton were among a select group of high school juniors and seniors from around the state who recently participated in the 2011 S.C. Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Conference.

Four local youth turned their attention to field and farm this summer.

Matt McCaskill, Josh Ross, Leila Peebles and Sarah Cotton attended the annual S.C. Farm Bureau (SCFB) youth conference held on the campus of Newberry College. The event featured a number of workshops that focused on developing leadership and team building along with programs that foster understanding and awareness of agriculture. In addition, conference attendees visited Clemson University where they learned about agricultural careers available to them through the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. The conference concluded with commodity marketing campaign presentations which were designed and presented by the students.

“Today’s youths have a greater opportunity to succeed than the generations before them,” said SCFB Women’s Program Coordinator Faith Lawrimore. “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 agriculture while enhancing their leadership skills.”

These youth, Lawrimore added, 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 S.C. 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.

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