Advocating for agriculture

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Beaufort County students, Marcus Cook, Hezzie Jordan and Dima Shipsey, 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 (SCFB) Youth Leadership Conference.

“Our Youth Leadership Conference allows students to explore opportunities within agriculture while developing their skills to be leaders in the industry,” SCFB Ag Literacy Director, Vonne Knight, said.

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 Interim Lieutenant Governor State Senator Yancy McGill of Williamsburg County.

Pictured from left to right: Marcus Cook, Hezzie Jordan and Dima Shipsey
Pictured from left to right: Marcus Cook, Hezzie Jordan and Dima Shipsey