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Young Farmers & Ranchers winners headed to Texas

by Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on Jan 09, 2020 at 0:00 AM

Georgia Farm Bureau’s Preston and Kendall Jimmerson, Rachel and Jason Kinsaul and Kaitlyn Marchant have set their sights on Austin, Texas, where they’ll compete for national prizes during the 2020 American Farm Bureau Federation Convention, which takes place Jan. 17-21.

The Jimmersons are in the running for the national Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award. The Kinsauls will compete for the YF&R Excellence in Ag Award. Marchant is a contestant in the discussion meet contest.

The prizes in each competition: 1st Place - A new Ford vehicle ($35,000 maximum value) & paid registration to the 2020 AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference, courtesy of Ford; 2nd Place - a Case IH Farmall 50A, courtesy of Case IH; 3rd Place - Case IH 40” combination roll cabinet & top chest; $500 Case IH parts card,  courtesy of Case IH + $2,200 worth of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise (PROTO, DeWalt, Stanley, Lenox & Irwin), courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker; and 4th Place - Case IH 40” combination roll cabinet & top chest; $500 Case IH parts card, courtesy of Case IH.

The Jimmersons, from Colquitt County, recently completed a two-year stint on the GFB YF&R Committee. They produce approximately 1,600 acres of cotton, 475 acres of peanuts, 200 acres of corn and double-crop spring and fall cabbage on about 180 acres. The Achievement Award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who earn the majority of their income from production agriculture.

The Kinsauls, from Morgan County, are perfect examples of why Farm Bureau offers the Excellence in Agriculture Award, which recognizes young professionals who work in the ag sector, display a deep appreciation for farming and passionately promote agriculture.

Rachel is an ag teacher/ FFA advisor at Morgan County High School. Jason is an ag lender for Rabo Agrifinance working with clients in Southeastern states.

Marchant, also a Morgan County Farm Bureau member, takes on state winners from across the country in the Discussion Meet, during which contestants participate in a county-commission style discussion of an assigned topic important to agriculture.

Marchant teaches with Rachel Kinsaul at Morgan County High School.

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