Albert F. "Al" Busby
Albert F. Busby helped build the Newberry County dairy industry, which remains the state’s largest center of dairy production. Beginning his Extension career in Lancaster County in 1950, Busby also worked in Chester County before becoming Newberry’s third county agent in 1958, a position he held until 1972. He served as an area dairy agent in Newberry, Saluda, Chester and Edgefield counties from 1979 to 1985. Busby was a driving force behind the creation of the Newberry-Laurens Dairy Herd Improvement Association, which helped provide scientific data on each cow in a dairy herd to improve producers’ ability to manage their herds. He helped organize the Newberry Jersey Breeders Association, an effort that resulted in Newberry being promoted as the “Jersey Capitol of America.” Busby also built a soil fertility program that encouraged farmers to sample every field on their farms, leading Newberry during his tenure to become one of the state’s leading counties in dairy, poultry, soybean and forage production.