Georgia Farm Bureau YF&R winners prep for national contests
Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) competitive event winners Steven and Tara Green, Jessica Lance and Cleve Jackson are gearing up for national competitions to be held at the 2022 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Convention, to be held Jan. 7-12 in Atlanta.
The YF&R program offers leadership development, networking and service opportunities to farmers between the ages of 18 and 35. The GFB YF&R competitive event winners were recognized during the 2021 GFB Convention on Jekyll Island.
The Greens, of Spalding County, won the YF&R Achievement Award, which recognizes young farmers who derive their income from production agriculture. The GFB Achievement Award is sponsored by Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance and Farm Credit Associations of Georgia.
As the state winners, the Greens received $500 and a metal farm sign courtesy of the Farm Credit Associations of Georgia and a 4-seater John Deere ATV courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance.
Lance, of Morgan County, won the YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award, which recognizes outstanding young Farm Bureau leaders who do not derive the majority of their income from production agriculture but invest many hours into serving agriculture through their Farm Bureau participation. As the state winner, Lance received a $500 cash prize and a John Deere ATV.
Jackson, of Floyd County, won the YF&R Discussion Meet, where contestants assemble committee style and talk about potential solutions to issues affecting agriculture.
While vying for the national awards at the 103rd American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Atlanta in January, the Greens, Lance and Jackson will be competing for the following prizes:
• Winner (first place) - A new Ford truck or vehicle valued at $35,000 courtesy of Ford Motor Company and paid registration to the Farm Bureau YF&R Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, February 25 - 28, 2022;
• Runner-up (second place) - A Case IH Farmall 50A tractor valued at $27,699 courtesy of Case IH;
• Third place - A Case IH 40” Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest valued at $3,035, a $2,500 Investing in Your Future cash prize, courtesy of American Agricultural Insurance Company, $1,850 worth of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise (PROTO, DeWalt, Stanley, Lenox & Irwin) and a $500 Case IH parts card courtesy of Case IH.
• Fourth place - A Case IH 40” Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest valued at $3,035 and a $500 Case IH parts card courtesy of Case IH.
The national YF&R awards will be presented during the closing general session of the AFBF Convention on Jan. 10.