SC Farmer Edward Mills Recognized for 70 Years of Service

COLUMBIA, SC — Edward H. Mills of Blackstock, South Carolina has been honored by the South Carolina Farmer and Agribusiness Association for 70 years of distinguished service as a member and secretary-treasurer of the Blackstock Farmer and Agribusiness Chapter. He was recognized at the state conference of the organization in Myrtle Beach.

Agricultural Educator Kip Beam (left), Advisor to the Blackstock Farmer and Agribusiness Chapter, is with Blackstock President Tim McSwain, Vice President of the State Farmer and Agribusiness Association; Edward H. Mill, Honoree; and Tommy Mills, an officer of the Blackstock Chapter and former state president of the Farmer and Agribusiness Organization.

Family members accompanying Mr. Mills to the state conference included his wife Frances, son Tommy and wife Shannon, daughter Amy Whitfield and husband Swain, nephew Tim McSwain and wife Mary Beth, and grandson Hunter Whitfield.

Agricultural Educator Kip Beam, advisor and director of educational services to the Blackstock Chapter, attended the conference along with other member John W. Parris.

At 91, Mr. Mills is a successful beef cattle producer and tree farmer in the Blackstock area. Additionally, he and his wife are retired from the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

Mr. Mills, an active member of the South Carolina Farm Bureau, served as president of the Fairfield County Farm Bureau for 31 years.

“The Blackstock Chapter is an active affiliate of the South Carolina Farmer and Agribusiness Association,” Kip Beam said. “Tim McSwain, president of the Blackstock Chapter, presently serves as vice president of the state organization and Tommy Mills, vice president of the Blackstock group, is a former president of the state group,” Beam added.