Published Dec. 7, 2011
South Carolina Farm Bureau President David Winkles was re-elected to his eighth two-year term on Saturday, as head of the state's largest general farm organization and its affiliate companies.
David Winkles (Photo/Provided)
Winkles is the organization's fifth president since it was founded in 1944. He is a native of Sumter County, where he ran his family’s farming operation of soybeans, corn, cotton and wheat for more than 30 years.
Winkles is also chairman of the board of the Farm Bureau Bank, a member of the American Farm Bureau board of directors, and first vice president of the Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. based in Jackson, Miss.
Winkles is a nationally-recognized spokesman on biotechnology on the farm. He was recently asked to represent the American Farm Bureau on a national advisory group to launch a new product using genetically-enhanced technology. He was also recently nominated and appointed for a third term on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for oilseeds, which advises the U.S. Trade Representative. The farm bureau president is also the principle founder of the Palmetto Agribusiness Council.
During Winkles’ tenure, the organization has influenced a number of state regulations and legislation for the state's farmers, ranchers and private property owners. Agribusiness, including farms and forestry, has also grown to become the state’s largest economic sector, producing $34 billion a year and 200,000 jobs across the state.
The South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation has 111,000 member families statewide.