State legislators, representing the area, and county officials were present for the annual Yadkin County Farm Bureau Legislative Appreciation Dinner at Allison Oaks in Yadkinville.
Beginning with a time of fellowship with appetizers of fruit and cheese, Farm Bureau board members and elected officials had an opportunity to visit individually. During dinner, everyone enjoyed a video commemorating the 75th anniversary of Yadkin County Farm Bureau showing agriculture in Yadkin County and memories of farming and officials of Farm Bureau over the years.
Each of the elected officials shared updates and concerns. NC Sen. Joyce Krawiec and Rep. Lee Zachary told of laws just passed and pending in the state legislature. Mike Fenley, field representative for US Sen. Richard Burr, and Nick Wilkinson, field representative for US Sen. Thom Tillis, each said they travel throughout the area to hear concerns from the people and report to the senators.
County Commissioner Marion Welborn spoke for the Yadkin County commissioners, Sheriff Ricky Oliver for the sheriff’s office and Dr. Todd Martin, superintendent of Yadkin County Schools, for the school system. Most of these guests were accompanied by their spouse, including Valerie Zachary, recently appointed judge of the NC Court of Appeals.
Neil Bowman, director of Livestock Marketing, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Jake Parker, NC Farm Bureau, state legislative director and legislative counsel, gave agriculture updates.
Each year, the county Farm Bureau awards scholarships to students entering a field of agriculture. The 2015 recipients were recognized and shared their plans: Corey Benjamin Roberts, graduate of Starmount High School, will attend Surry Community College then transfer to NCSU to major in poultry science. He is the son of Ben and Lisa Roberts. Shannon Jeanne Holden, graduate of Forbush High School, will attend Wilkes Community College enrolled in the animal science program. She is the daughter of Scott and Martha Holden. Both of these students were very involved in school activities. They are active in their church and already involved in areas related to their major.