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SYF Agribusiness Chapter Tops in State
(January 2010)

Columbia, SC (January 2010)…The Saluda County Young Farmer and Agribusiness Chapter was recognized as the Outstanding Chapter in South Carolina at a recent conference of agriculturalists held in Charleston, SC.

Nationally recognized for its sponsorship of a Truck and Tractor Pull, the Saluda Chapter is affiliated with the National Tractor Pullers Association. Their annual show draws entries and spectators from throughout the southern states. Funds raised at the event are used by the chapter to provide a number of college scholarships valued at $2000 each to area students. In addition to awarding scholarships, the chapter financially supports a number of educational and community organizations and projects each year, including sponsoring a dinner in recognition of the Saluda County Law Enforcement officials and Volunteer Fire Department volunteers.

The chapter makes its land area and other facilities available annually for the Palmetto Antique Tractor Show, the Saluda High School Rodeo and the Saluda County Cattlemen’s Association Equipment Sale. The widely recognized Saluda County Farm-City Week “Taste and See” event is supported by the Young Farmer and Agribusiness Chapter and attended by many of its members.

The chapter received a cash award and an engraved plaque from the Southern States Cooperative which sponsors the recognition program in concert with the State Young Farmer and Agribusiness Association.

Officers of the chapter include President Russell Miller (pictured left), Vice President Chris Proctor, Secretary Marlene Bushey, and Treasurer Candice Miller.

Amanda Nichols, Agricultural Education Instructor at Saluda High School and president-elect of the SC Agricultural Educators, serves as the professional advisor to the organization.ion.

“The Saluda County Young Farmer and Agribusiness Chapter is unquestionably one of the outstanding adult agricultural education programs in the nation because of its comprehensive technical training program and impressive community service activities,” said John W. Parris, state director of public affairs with the SC Young Farmer and Agribusiness Association. “The chapter officers, members and advisor are to be commended for receiving this superb recognition at the state level which is indeed a notable laurel to come to the Saluda County agribusiness community,” he added.