Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter
November 7, 2013
YADKINVILLE — Yadkin political representatives helped the county’s Farm Bureau celebrate its 51st annual meeting Monday.
Farm Bureau employees and clients met for the annual program in Yadkinville’s Moose Lodge Monday evening. The yearly reports for the county’s activities were presented and a time of celebration was held for one of the county’s main assets- agriculture.
President Justin Somers welcomed the 5th District’s representative to the House of Representatives Virginia Foxx and the 31st District’s representative to the North Carolina General Assembly Peter Brunstetter as this year’s distinguished guests.
Foxx is back in North Carolina for a scheduled break from Capitol Hill ahead of Veterans Day. She spoke of her expectations for the proposed Farm Bill that is working its way through political gridlock, and gave word of several amendments that have been added.
“I have high hopes for the Farm Bill being passed,” Foxx said. “I was very fortunate I got three really, really good amendments on the bill. I’m not going to go into any detail about those amendments, but I did get three great amendments on the Farm Bill and so I supported it. And I talked to Frank Lucas who’s chair of the Ag[ricultural] Committee in the House almost every day, and last week he was very optimistic about the bill passing. I am, too.”
On Saturday, she visited the new Dewey’s Bakery in Yadkinville. The bakery is operating through the holidays to raise money for Forbush’s band boosters via the bakery sales.
“I want to say thank you all for what you do every day, and tell you how fun it is to come to events like that,” Foxx said.
Foxx said it was volunteerism like the store’s that made her proud to live nearby.
“When I come to events like that, and it’s all being run by volunteers, it makes me know why I love living in this area,” Foxx said. “And I’m going to go back to Washington and make a little speech about that on the floor of the House [of Representatives].
“It’s the volunteers of this world and this country that makes this country work. It’s not the bureaucrats in Washington who do it, it’s all of you who volunteer every day in your church, in Boy Scouts, in the fire department, in Farm Bureau — wherever you are, that’s what makes this country work.”
She also welcomed those who travel to the Capital to contact her office for special tours and information.
Foxx spoke briefly in order to give the maximum amount of time to Brunstetter.
“I was told when I picked up Yadkin County in redistricting that I was in for a special treat, and I’m going to tell you that that promise has come true,” Brunstetter said.
“In the Senate, in the Legislature I run the budget process, so I’m appropriations chair. Which means that if you were to come to my office on most days what you would see is a steady stream of people coming in asking for stuff, asking for things. And that’s part of the job and I understand it. I get it and I don’t really have a problem with it.
“When people from Yadkin County come in, they’re not asking for something. They’re pretty much, usually just saying ‘What can I do to help?’” Brunstetter said. “‘We’re taking care of our own business, we’re minding what we need to do. We’re working in the things that we need to do to make a living and help our families, and how can we help?’”
Each took time from their busy schedules to attend the event and enjoy the entertainment provided by Starmount’s show choir.
The students performed the National Anthem to open the meeting, and then performed again following the political representatives. Songs like “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” and Alan Jackson’s “Good Time” were sung midway through the evening.
Shelby Shore of Farm Bureau recognized Alli Jones of Starmount’s 2013 state 1A championship volleyball team. Jones also was recognized by the North Carolina Farm Bureau over the weekend for her participation in area sports.
Starmount FFA members lead the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Included in the evening were the readings of the 2012 meeting minutes and 2012 financial report.
Somers gave his presidential report for the year along with agency manager reports by Greg Sidden of Jonesville’s branch and Charles Soots of Yadkinville.
Farm Bureau has more than 5,500 members in Yadkin County. According to Farm Bureau statistics, agriculture brings $157 million in economic impacts to the county, or 24 percent of the county’s gross domestic product.
Depending on the time of the year agriculture accounts for as much as 23 percent of the jobs in the county.
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