Litchfield named farmer of the year | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 6, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: May 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm
The Colleton Soil and Water Conservation District honored John B. (Johnny) B. Litchfield as their 2015 Farmer of the Year during the district’s annual Affiliate Banquet held at Coastal Outback on April 26.
The members of the district’s board presented the award to Litchfield in recognition of his years of service to the community.
Litchfield served many years on the Farm Service Agency’s County Committee, the Lowcountry Cattleman’s Association, and the Farm Bureau Board of Directors.
Born March 4, 1945, in Colleton County, he spent his early years working with his father raising beef cattle.
After a stellar football career at Walterboro High School, he enrolled at Furman on a football scholarship. While in school, he married the former Jane Bryan. Upon graduation, he and his wife returned to Walterboro in 1967 and brought a share in the Walterboro Stockyard, which he ran for many years.
Settling in the Hendersonville community, he worked with his father raising brood cows in a cow-calf operation, a vocation he continued after his father died. Acquiring additional pastureland, he and his wife still raise premium beef cattle. Today, his operation ranges from 65-70 brood cows along with calves. They run the cattle on approximately 100 acres of pasture and supplement with hay.
He and his wife are active members of the Jacksonboro Baptist Church, where they have attended since returning to Colleton County. They have two children, Windy and Kevin, and three granddaughters.
POSTER, ESSAY WINNERS
The winners of the district’s poster and essay contests were honored during the banquet.
The student entries were based on the theme “We All Need Trees!”
The elementary class winners in the poster contest were: Mrs. Bell’s kindergarten class at North Walterboro Christian Academy; Mrs. Houck’s first-grade class at Colleton Preparatory Academy; Mrs. Williams’ second-grade class at Colleton Preparatory Academy; Mrs. Martin’s third-grade class at North Walterboro Christian Academy; Mrs. Mixson’s fourth-grade class at North Walterboro Christian Academy and Mrs. Smoak’s fifth-grade class at North Walterboro Christian Academy.
Winners of the sixth grade essay contest were: first, Bailee Stanley of Colleton Preparatory Academy; second, Ansleigh Hall of North Walterboro Christian Academy; and third, Nathaniel Blubaugh of Colleton Preparatory Academy.
Winners in the seventh grade competition were: first, Parker Tuten of Colleton Preparatory Academy; second, Rianna Bailey of Colleton Preparatory Academy; and third, William Hodge of North Walterboro Christian Academy.
Winners in the eighth grade essay contest were: first, Joshua Headley of Colleton Preparatory Academy; second, Francis Blubaugh of Colleton Preparatory Academy; and third, Rebecca Grant of North Walterboro Christian Academy.
Morris Jones of Saluda County served as the guest speaker for the banquet.