NEWBERRY — Newberry County students Ryne Huggins, Matalyn Mills, Whitney Roberts and Bailey Clark 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 Youth Leadership Conference.
“Our Youth Leadership Conference allows students to explore opportunities within agriculture while developing their skills to be leaders in the industry,” said Vonne Knight, SCFB Ag Literacy director.
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 Lt. Gov. Yancy McGill of Williamsburg County.
“You just experienced one of the more momentous days in the Senate. You’ve had quite an education,” said Danny Verdin, State Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman. “As you’re standing here preparing for your future leadership roles, I feel confident that character and competence is in your future. Thank you for your commitment to self-improvement, skill development, your love for South Carolina, your love for agribusiness, agriculture, for rural communities.”
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.