2023 SCFB YF&R Conference
2023 SCFB YF&R Conference
Join SC Farm Bureau in the one and only event in South Carolina that brings together young farmers and agriculturalists between the ages of 18-35 from all across the state of South Carolina!
February 3 - 5, 2023  ·  Hyatt Regency Greenville

EAT: Engage. Advocate. Teach.

Inviting Everyone to the Table



As agriculture becomes more diverse than ever before, the SCFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee aims to offer you a conference that brings together young farmers and ag enthusiasts from across South Carolina.  Designed to encourage YF&R's to join together as a unified voice, this conference provides sessions that will meet diverse educational interests. Featuring educational, networking, and leadership development opportunities, this event offers something for everyone.

Agenda
4:00 PM
4:00 PM
Parking is available in the garage next to the hotel for $7 per day. Valet parking is available for $20 per day.
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Visit with our sponsors who made this event possible!
Submit your entries for the 2023 YF&R Photo Contest. Print & digital copies required along with release form.
Check in to receive your Conference ID, swag bag, t-shirt and more. Photo Contest entries accepted during this time.
Proceeds support the SCFB Education in AG-tion! Fund.
Visit the Farmers Market & Craft Fair in the Prefunction Area Heavy Hors D'oeuvres and Cash Bar (Attendees receive one drink ticket at registration)
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
8:00 PM - 11:55 PM
8:00 PM - 11:55 PM
View items and bid online at any time. Doors open at 8pm.
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Join us for a night of fun with music, yard games, photo booth and more! Enter for your chance to win one of our raffle prizes. Desserts & Cash Bar
12:00 AM - 5:00 PM
12:00 AM - 5:00 PM
View items and bid online at any time. Doors open at 8am.
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Breakfast / Exhibitors / Silent Auction
Get a group photo with all of your county representatives. Bring your Conference ID badge
YF&R County Chairs and SCFB YF&R Committee Only Join us to hear our guest speaker discuss ways to recruit and engage members at the local level. Each YF&R Chair will receive a special gift.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Braxten Nielsen suffered an injury during a Rodeo in 2017 and was given a 5% chance of ever being able to walk again. At this session you can watch him defy the odds and learn why he believes that "we were born to succeed".
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Coffee / Exhibitors / Silent Auction / County Photos
Get a group photo with all of your county representatives. Bring your Conference ID badge
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn how you can work together with elected officials at the local level to find solutions to issues that face agriculture in your area. Also find out how South Carolina Farm Bureau can help!
Learn how to start planning for a stronger future for your farm and your family today. Get tools and guidance on estate and financial planning and how South Carolina Farm Bureau can help.
Learn more about biosecurity and best-management practices to protect your flock from disease and threat.
Farming in the 21st century doesn't always look like big spaces in rural places. Learn more about how you can be active in agricultural production no matter where you live!
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Exhibitors / Silent Auction / County Delegation Photos
Get a group photo with all of your county representatives. Bring your Conference ID badge
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Dive into the world of options markets and learn how options can be a valuable tool to reduce risk and increase profitability on your farm operation.
Get ideas and insight on how to build a desirable and successful agritourism business, whether as a stand-alone or an additional part of your farm enterprise.
Learn more about basic sources of agricultural risk and what tools and strategies can be used to manage those risks and stabilize farm income.
Learn more about resources and assistance available for new and beginning farmers who are starting from scratch.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Get a group photo with all of your county representatives. Bring your Conference ID badge
Lunch Buffet / Exhibitors / Silent Auction / County Delegation Photos
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Get first-hand insight into the minds of everyday consumers and their perception of agriculture and food. Learn tactics for respectfully defending current farming practices and countering common myths around agriculture today.
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Exhibitors / Silent Auction / County Delegation Photos
Get a group photo with all of your county representatives. Bring your Conference ID badge
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Explore some of the lesser-known specialties in the agricultural world such as apiculture, aquaculture and more.
Transitioning a family farm from one generation to the next can be tricky. Hear some ideas that can help with a smooth handoff.
Maximizing your assets and building on existing operations
Wildlife poses some serious threats to agriculture in South Carolina. Learn more about statewide efforts and resources available to reduce the risk of damage to your farm.
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Sweet & Salty Treats & Beverages / Exhibitors / Silent Auction / County Delegation Photos
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Get a group photo with all of your county representatives. Bring your Conference ID badge
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
On-Site | No Attendance Limit | Free A live experience to learn more about different cuts of pork and chicken that you would see at your local butcher shop.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Off Site | 50 ppl. Max | $25/person Get an inside look into the baseball stadium, turf management, the players, and how it all works together on this tour. Limited tickets available for an additional fee.
Off Site | 50 ppl. Max | $30/person Join us for two tours with tastings included! Visit a local brewery and a distillery that both use SC grains and hops in their processes.
On-Site | 2 Groups of 10 | Free Experience an up-close and personal demonstration of locally crafted chocolates and confections from Kilwins and various dish pairings of specialty oil and vinegar from Oil & Vinegar Greenville. Tastings included!
Off Site | 50 ppl. Max | $25/person Learn more about urban farming and how these products are sold and used locally in this two-part tour. Stop 1: Growing Green Family Farm, Stop 2: Swamp Rabbit Cafe
5:00 PM
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
SCFB (State) YF&R Committee Alumni, County YF&R Chairs & Spouses, Current & Former Award Winners
Bring your winning bid confirmation for quick and easy pick up
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Last chance to get your County Photo!
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Hot Dinner, Cash Bar Dress: Nice Casual / Business Casual
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Hot Dinner, Cash Bar Dress: Nice Casual / Business Casual
8:30 PM - 11:55 PM
8:30 PM - 11:55 PM
Featuring Country Artist: The Josh Brannon Band **MUST PRESENT CONFERENCE BADGE & VALID ID
Last bus will run at 12:30am. ALL After Party attendees must leave by this time. MUST PRESENT CONFERENCE BADGE.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Breakfast provided in Regency ABC. No programming at this time.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
11:00 AM
11:00 AM
Speakers

Braxten Nielsen

Braxten shares his message about hard work, being resilient and how to keep positive and overcome setbacks and challenges.

Johnna Miller

As a member of AFBF’s training team, Johnna fills a unique training role that stems from her previous life as a reporter for television stations. She now uses her media background to design and offer media, advocacy and social media workshops.

Dr. Ron Hanson

Ron has counseled families for 40 years. His goal is to keep a farm in the family so that a farming legacy continues for the success of future young farming generations.

Will Lever

Will works at the South Carolina Department of Agriculture under produce safety as an outreach specialist. Also, I work on our family farm where we grow strawberries, pumpkins and all summer vegetables.

Ken Martin

Ken has worked in the poultry industry for the past 30 years and also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Poultry Welfare Alliance (IPWA).

Lynne Newton

Lynne is the District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and covers Greenville County. Using voluntary conservation programs, NRCS helps farmers and private landowners conserve and protect natural resources on their land.

Kirsten Robertson

Kirsten Robertson has been farming for 33 years - running a CSA, selling goat milk, lamb and eggs.

Noel Myers

Noel Myers is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program State Director in South Carolina. Noel has been in his current role since 2003 and manages the program in providing federal leadership in wildlife damage management.

Lynn Ballard

Lynn Ballard served as Greenville County Councilman representing District 26 from 2014-2022.

Bethani McLellan

Bethani McLellan is the Operations Manager at Strawberry Hill USA in Chesnee, SC with over 10 years of hands-on experience of growing her family’s Agritourism program, Roadside Market, and full-service Restaurant.

Rebecca Mckinney

Rebecca McKinney, 3-term chair of the SCFB Diversified Agriculture Committee, headed Greenville Tech’s Sustainable Agriculture program, an organic growing conference, a homesteading festival, and a farmers’ market.

Scott Mickey

Scott Mickey is an Extension Associate with the Clemson Extension Agri-Business team. He provides financial directions to ag businesses specializing in risk management, financial performance analysis and monitoring financial and marketing plans.

Chef Veera

Chef Veera whose expertise is the Mediterranean Diet, will prepare tasting for you while speaking to the methodology for creating, enjoying and preserving true extra virgin olive oils.

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Sponsors
Presenting
Diamond
Platinum
LOCATION
Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 North Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601
Map
Location: Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 North Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601
Silent Auction
Silent Auction

Online Silent Auction Instructions

If you would like to donate an item, please bring the item to registration check-in on February 3, 2023 before 8:00pm.

Step 1

Using the link below, go to the Qtego website and click on the “Register For Event” button.

South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation | Qtego Auction Technology - QLink

Step 2

Fill in the information page. * There is an option to cover administrative fees. By helping us cover these fees up front, we can ensure that we reach our goal.

Step 3

You will receive your PIN via text (both letters and numbers). Use that PIN to sign into your account on the website.

Step 4

From the website home page, click the "Silent Auction" tab.

Step 5

On the auction page, you can view all of the items.

Step 6

Select an item to view its information and submit a bid.

Once you submit a bid, you will receive updates via text on your bidding status.


Additional bids on your items can be made through text message or the link.

The Auction will close promptly at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4.  At this time, you will be notified of the items you won and credit cards will be processed.

You will then receive a link to your receipt. Please visit the Regency Ballroom (Downstairs) between 5:30 - 6:30 or 8:30 - 9:30 to pick up your items.

Photo Contest
Photo Contest

Submit your photos for the 2023 Photo Contest now!

Young Farmers and Ranchers have the chance to showcase their creative side in the annual photo contest held at the SCFB YF&R Conference. Winners are selected in five categories: People on the Farm, Farm Scenes, Farm Animals, Conference Theme and People’s Choice. To be eligible to enter, you must be a member of South Carolina Farm Bureau and in attendance at the SCFB YF&R Conference. Entries must be taken between 2020 and 2023.  

NEW THIS YEAR – An additional category has been added for the 2023 competition.  Participants may submit a photo that correlates with the 2023 YF&R Conference theme: Engage. Advocate. Teach. (EAT): Inviting Everyone to the Table. 

How to Enter: 

Submit one (1) hard copy and one (1) electronic copy of each photo. 

  • Email your electronic copy to kabrams@scfb.org by Friday, January 27th OR bring a USB with an electronic copy of our photo(s) to the registration table on Friday evening registration on February 3rd. 
  • Submit a hard copy of each photo the SCFB YF&R Conference by the close of the Friday evening registration at 8:00p.m. If you are not going to arrive in time to meet the above deadline, you may mail your photo(s) to arrive to the State Office by the Friday January 27th. Photos can be mailed to SCFB Attn: Heather Barberio PO Box 754 Columbia, SC 29202. 
  • A photo release must accompany each photo. (see link below)
  • Each photo must be labeled on the back with the category of entry, name and county of photographer. Sticker labels will be available at the conference.

For more information on the 2023 Photo Contest, contest rules, guidelines, and judging, see the Photo Contest Information sheet below. 

Photo Contest Information and Release Form

Photo Release Form