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Henry County Couple Named To AFBF Young Farmer Committee


By: GFB News
1/10/2013 9:23:13 AM


Henry County Farm Bureau Young Farmer Chairs Jake and Jennifer Carter have been selected to serve on the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee for a two-year term that begins on March 1.

The Carters served on the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee the past two years, including service as chairs of the committee in 2012.

"We're humbled and honored to be able to serve on the committee," Jake Carter said. "We want to represent Georgia agriculture well and make GFB proud."

The Carters, along with Jake's father Jimmy, run Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, growing strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches and hay as well as maintaining a herd of beef cows. They also operate a thriving agritourism business, with a popular corn maze that has become a regular destination for school field trips. Jake holds a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Georgia, while Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in exercise and health science.

"We're very proud to have Jake and Jennifer represent Georgia Farm Bureau on the AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee," said GFB President Zippy Duvall. "During their term on the GFB Committee, they showed a sincere dedication to promoting agricultural causes, and we expect they'll do well in this new role."

The Carters give GFB representation on the AFBF YF&R Committee for the eighth time since 1980. Mack and Jamie Crawford served on the committee in 1981 and 1982; Duvall and his wife Bonnie were on the committee in 1986 and 1987, Teel and Jeanie Warbington served in 1991 and 1992, Terry and Cindy England from 1994 to 1996, Michael and Rebecca Williams from 2001 to 2003, Ben Boyd from 2004 to 2006 and Leighton and Brenda Cooley from 2009 to 2011.

The YF&R program includes men and women between the ages of 18 and 35. The program's goals are to help younger Farm Bureau members learn more about agriculture, network with other farmers and become future leaders in agriculture and Farm Bureau.

"Farm Bureau's YF&R Committee members play a vital role in helping lead our organization through innovative and forward-thinking planning and ideas," said AFBF President Bob Stallman. "I am very proud of these young members' accomplishments so far and am confident they will continue to flourish through the coming year."


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