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GFB YF&R members shine in AFBF contests
Posted on February 18, 2019 7:00 PM
Georgia Farm Bureau members placed in the top 10 in each of American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers competitive events, held at the AFBF Convention in New Orleans Jan. 12-14.
Hall County's Caroline Lewallen, left, accepts her plaque for finishing third in the AFBF Excellence in Agriculture Award contest.
Hall County Farm Bureau member Caroline Lewallen finished third nationally in the Excellence in Agriculture Competition, which recognizes young farmers and ranchers who earn the majority of their income from something other than production agriculture. Lewallen’s presentation featured the HallGROWS program she developed through HCFB to improve agricultural literacy among the county’s students. The program has been implemented by several other county Farm Bureaus in Georgia and in other states. She is the agritourism and marketing director for Jaemor Farms and raises beef cattle with her husband, Kyle, that they sell direct-to- consumers.
Lewallen won a Case IH 40” combination roll cabinet & top chest and a $500 gift card for Case IH parts courtesy of Case IH plus $2,000 of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise (PROTO, DeWalt, Stanley, Lenox & Irwin), courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker. The Excellence in Agriculture Award went to Jake and Melissa Raburn of Florida.
Bulloch County Farm Bureau member Becca Creasy finished fourth in the AFBF Discussion Meet, which featured competitors from
Bulloch County's Becca Creasy delivers her opening statement during the AFBF Discussion Meet Final Four round.
36 states. The Discussion Meet simulates a committee meeting in which active discussion and participation are expected. Participants are evaluated on their ability to exchange ideas and information on a
During the discussion meet, Creasy and her fellow competitors discussed the following topics: How Farm Bureau can create added value to its memberships and expand its base of supporters; How agriculture can attract the brightest scientific and technological minds to ag careers, and how Farm Bureau can be more inclusive of all agriculture and production practices.
Creasy works in sales for Seminis Vegetable Seed, a division of Bayer CropScience. She and her husband, Jarrod, run 920 Cattle & Company in Statesboro, raising, packing and selling farm-fresh beef to area restaurants and individuals, as well as growing hay and providing fence construction services.
Creasy won a Case IH 40” combination roll cabinet & top chest and a $500 gift card for Case IH parts courtesy of Case IH. Jackie Mundt of Kansas was the national winner.
Will & Heather Cabe of Franklin County placed in the top 10 of the AFBF Achievement Award competition. Here, AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee member Matthew London, left, presents them a plaque.
Will and Heather Cabe of Franklin County advanced to the top 10 in the AFBF Achievement Award competition, which recognizes young farmers and ranchers who earn the majority of their income from production agriculture. The Cabes raise broilers, cattle, show goats and hay. Justin and Erica Edwards of North Carolina were the national winners.