To unite cattle producers to advance the economic, political, and social interests of SC's cattle industry. The SC Cattlemen's Association (SCCA) is owned, managed and funded by and for the cattle producers of SC. The SCCA is a charter affiliate member of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
2021 Policy Priorities
All of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's COVID-19 responses can be found here
From the Executive Director's Desk
Travis Mitchell, the current Executive Director of the SCCA will be providing a write-up each month covering agriculture in South Carolina and any information pertaining to SCCA.
Faith Shupard- $2,000 Applied Agricultural Scholarship
Faith is originally from Bluffton, SC. She currently attends Clemson University and is majoring in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and minoring in Wildlife Biology. After completing her undergraduate studies, Faith plans to attend veterinary school with hopes to work in a mixed animal practice.
Madison Strickland- $2,000 Non-Agricultural Scholarship
Madison Strickland is a graduate of Colleton County High School and will be attending Charleston Southern University in the Fall as a nursing major. Madison grew up working on her family's beef cattle farm in Hendersonville, SC. From a young age, Madison traveled around with her grandfather working and treating livestock which sparked her interest in nursing as she is excited to be able to transition her passion for caring for livestock to caring for humans in the future.
Carson Dunton- $2,000 Associate's Scholarship
Carson Dunton from Seneca, SC recently graduated from Walhalla High School. Throughout his high school career, Carson was actively involved in various clubs and the Varsity Golf Team. He also volunteers within his community and manages forty head of black Angus cattle. In the Fall, Carson will be attending Tri-County Technical College to pursue an Associate of Science degree and plans to later transfer to Clemson University to pursue a major in Agriculture.
Ben Buzhardt- $1,000 Non-Agricultural Scholarship
Ben Buzhardt is from Saluda, SC. He is currently a senior at Clemson University where he is studying Mathematical Sciences with a minor in Business Administration. Once he completes his degree, he hopes to bring what he has learned at school back to his family's farm in order to help his father grow their beef operation.
Garrett Ulmer- $1,000 Applied Agricultural Scholarship
Garrett currently lives on a small brood cow operation in Lodge, SC. He recently graduated from Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, where he stayed involved through his whole high school career in various sports and clubs. He also was very involved through extracurricular activities and even served in leadership roles through state 4-H and at national 4-H events. He has a small herd of his own that he has developed from showing cattle and plans to continue to grow his operation. Garrett will be attending Clemson University in the Fall and majoring in Animal and Veterinary Science to later pursue a career in beef cattle reproduction and genomics.
The Beef Cattle industry is facing its own set of challenges today. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a huge strain on the cattle market and the ability to keep the supply chain running at full capacity. We applaud the tremendous amount of work being done in Washington by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The South Carolina Cattlemen’s Association along with other affiliate organizations continues to monitor key components that could impact our cattle producers. We are living with a very fluid situation and the responsibility for us to look after your best interest has not been taken lightly. In late March, the North Carolina and South Carolina Cattlemen’s Associations signed a letter with NCBA to Secretary Sonny Perdue. The letter urged him to “take immediate action to provide much needed relief to cattle producers who have been negatively impacted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic”.
The South Carolina Cattlemen's Association provides opportunities for education, community, and representation at local and national legislations. You will also receive a monthly copy of The Carolina Cattlemen Connection.
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