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Young Farmer competitive event winners announced

 

By: Georgia Farm Bureau
7/26/2017 1:54:46 PM

 

Thomas and Alicia Harrell, Skye and Josh Pennino and Will Godowns walked away with top prizes from the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer competitive events, which were completed during the 2017 GFB Young Farmer Leadership Conference on Jekyll Island.

The Harrells, from Madison County, won the GFB Young Farmer Achievement award, given to recognize young farmers who derive the majority of their income from production agriculture. The Harrells raise poultry and cattle, grow hay and operate a farm equipment metal shop on their farm. The couple received a crossover utility vehidle (XUV) sponsored by Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance and $500 cash from AgSouth Farm Credit.

Ben and Vicki Cagle of Cherokee County and Elton Baldy of Colquitt County were the other finalists for the Achievement Award. Each finalist family received $500 cash from AgSouth Farm Credit.

State winners in all three contests also receive expense-paid trips to the 2018 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, in January to compete for national honors.

The Penninos, from Hancock County, won the Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award, given to recognize young farmers who derive the majority of their income from something other than production agriculture. Josh also works as a livestock auctioneer and livestock relocation specialist. Skye is an assistant district attorney in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. The couple received an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) sponsored by Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance.

Other finalists were Justin Shealey of Cook County and Melissa Copelan Mathis of Monroe County. Shealey and Mathis receive $500 cash sponsored by Georgia Farm Bureau.

Godowns, from Pike County, emerged from a field of 29 competitors to win the GFB Young Farmer Discussion meet. Godowns received an ATV sponsored by Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance and $500 cash from Georgia Farm Bureau.

Other finalists were Heather Cabe of Franklin County, Newt Gilman of Jackson County and Kaitlyn Butler of Morgan County. Each received $350 in cash sponsored by SunTrust Bank. In the final round, the discussion centered on how Farm Bureau can help members with increasing legal and regulatory obstacles so they can continue to farm.
Madison Lynn of Toombs County, a student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, was the top collegiate finisher in the Discussion Meet and earned a spot in the AFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet, to be held in early 2018. For photos of finalists and winners visit http://bit.ly/17YFwinners.

 

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