Two people from Sumter were recognized by the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation at the organization’s 74th-annual meeting held recently in Myrtle Beach.
Chris Sumpter, Sumter County Farm …
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Chris Sumpter, Sumter County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee chairman, received a special achievement award at the Dec. 1 meeting on behalf of Sumter County from SCFB Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Committee Chairman Davis Peeler, and Joye Davis, Women’s Committee chairwoman for the Sumter County Farm Bureau, received one from SCFB State Women’s Leadership Committee Chairwoman Frances Price.
Sumter County was recognized at the event for having one of the top Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers and one of the top women’s programs in the state during 2017.
“Nearly 1,000 Farm Bureau members from across the state gathered not just to prepare for the year ahead, but also to celebrate accomplishments of volunteers and progress made in the General Assembly,” the state agency said in a news release. “More than 100 individuals were recognized for their dedication for SCFB at this year’s convention.”
South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers greeted attendees Thursday night at the Government Relations Awards Dinner, speaking about the importance of farmers and agriculture in the state.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, a Georgia farmer, updated members on Friday morning about issues Farm Bureau chapters across the nation will face in 2018, and Glen Ward, an inspirational speaker and professional, delivered the opening session keynote address Friday morning.
Other recognitions included Legislator of the Year, Government Relations All-Stars, the Distinguished Service Award, Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet winners, Young Farmer and Rancher Excellence in Agriculture and the Outstanding Educator Award.
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