Full House for 45th Annual Spotlight on Agriculture

A large crowd of some 380 people gathered for Laurens County’s 45th Annual Spotlight on Agriculture Thursday night.  Over 450 tickets were sold for the annual event held again this year at Clinton First Presbyterian Church’s Family Life Center.

The Laurens County Farm Family of the Year Award was presented to the William R. Garrett Jr. family of Mountville. The Laurens County Agriculturalist of the Year was Don Willis of Fountain Inn. Thomas Coggins of Laurens was presented the Laurens County Special Commodity Producer this year. The Laurens County Outstanding Dairyman of the Year was Boyd Stoddard Jr. of Gray Court.

The Laurens County Woodlands Manager of the Year Award was presented to John G. Ramage of Clinton. William Adair of Clinton was named Laurens County’s Outstanding Cattleman of the Year.

Tim Faulkner of Clinton was named as the Laurens County Outstanding Broiler Producer of the Year. In addition to good work with his poultry operations, Mr. Faulker was also honored for work on behalf of the Clemson Extension services for the local Agribusiness community. He was named the M.L. Outz Outstanding Extension Supporter of the Year.

The Laurens County Extension Advisory Council Scholarship Winner for this year was Miss Julia M. Kerber of Gray Court. Other candidates for this year were Nicholas Todd Smith of Clinton, Morgan Marlett of Laurens and Matthew Brownlee of Laurens.

The Laurens County Friend of FFA and 4-H award was presented to Marilyn Easter of Laurens. Outstanding FFA Members of the Year were Hannah Martin of Clinton High and Caitlin Bowie of Laurens High.

Six Outstanding Laurens County 4-H Candidates were recognized at the Spotlight on Agriculture. Senior Candidates are Morgan Marlett of Laurens, Emily Rodgers of Fountain Inn and Audre Wilson of Clinton. Junior Candidates this year are Bredleann Willis of Fountain Inn, Anna Barrett Penland of Laurens and Allison Jewell of Gray Court.

South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weather was scheduled as Keynote Speaker for the 45th Annual Laurens County Spotlight on Agriculture, but he had to cancel earlier in the week. He was called to Washington for an event rescheduled from the recent governmental shutdown. State Senator Danny Verdin came to the rescue with this year’s speech.