By Stan Welch
Senator Billy O’Dell added to a long list of awards received as a legislator when the South Carolina Farm Bureau honored him earlier this month with one of its two Legislator of the Year awards. O’Dell was recognized for his support of agriculture in South Carolina and his efforts “to help agriculture survive and thrive in South Carolina”.
O’Dell jokingly reminded The Journal that as a native of Abbeville County, agriculture supported him first, and that the role of the small farmer in South Carolina is a key to both the state’s character and its economy.
“Growing up as a child in rural South Carolina, especially before the days of supermarkets, we grew just about everything we ate. There were some items that didn’t come from our own fields, but the small farmer was pretty darn self-reliant. That spirit still exists in South Carolina, and the Farm Bureau recognizes that,” O’Dell said.
“I am honored that they noticed my efforts on behalf of the state’s farmers and saw fit to recognize me. And to all my constituents, I wish a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season.”