Georgia Farm Bureau presents state awards
Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) recognized the best of the organization’s volunteers and county chapters during its 81st annual convention Dec. 2-4 on Jekyll Island. The state award winners were honored for their activities over the past year to promote agriculture.
GFB named a McKemie Award winner - the highest honor given to a county Farm Bureau in recognition of its overall member program - from each of its three membership categories. Treutlen County Farm Bureau, whose president is Kim Thompson, received the McKemie Award for the small membership category. Monroe County Farm Bureau, whose president is Chuck Benson, won the McKemie Award for the medium membership category. McDuffie County Farm Bureau, whose president is Sammy McCorkle, received the award in the large membership category. The McKemie Award is a memorial to one of the organization’s former presidents, W.J. McKemie.
Finalists in the McKemie competition, listed in alphabetical order, for the small membership category were: Crawford, Heard, Jasper, Macon, Turner and Upson counties. Finalists for the medium membership category were: Bacon, Berrien, Cook, Greene, Jeff Davis, Pike, Polk, Screven and Toombs counties. Finalists in the large membership category were: Cherokee, Cobb, Coffee, Hall, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Stephens and White counties.
Other state awards presented were the: Outstanding Promotion & Education Award received by Hall County Farm Bureau; Outstanding Women’s Leadership Committee Award received by Treutlen County Farm Bureau; Outstanding Legislative Committee Award received by Stephens County Farm Bureau; and Outstanding Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Award received by Hall County Farm Bureau.
Denise Loggins, the White County Farm Bureau (WCFB) office manager, received the organization’s Outstanding Office Manager Award. Loggins, who has been employed with Farm Bureau since 1996, was recognized for the work she has done to promote agriculture and Farm Bureau in her local community. Loggins is responsible for coordinating WCFB’s agricultural advocacy and Ag in the Classroom activities throughout the year.
Jennifer Carroll received GFB’s Georgia Agriculture in the Classroom 2018 Teacher of the Year Award. Carroll, who teaches gifted education at Roopville Elementary School in Carroll County, was recognized for incorporating information about agriculture in her classes, teaching her students about agriculture and the environment; plants and animals for food, fiber and energy; food, health and lifestyle; science, technology, engineering and math; and culture, society, economy and geography. She received a $500 award and an expense-paid trip to the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, in June 2019.
Will and Heather Cabe of Franklin County received the GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award, which recognizes young farmers who earn most of their income by farming. A fourth-generation farm family, Will and Heather partner with Will’s parents, Chan and Lou, to raise poultry, Angus/Simangus cattle and hay on their farm in Carnesville, where they live with their two sons, Deacon and Teller, and daughter, Emersyn.
As the state winners, the Cabes received an all-terrain vehicle courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance, a $500 cash award, courtesy of AgSouth Farm Credit, and an expense-paid trip to the 2019 American Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 11-16, to compete for national honors.
Becca Creasy of Bulloch County was recognized as the GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet winner and will enjoy an expense-paid trip to the AFBF Convention in New Orleans to compete for national honors, courtesy of GFB. The discussion meet is intended to simulate a committee meeting during which agriculturalists discuss issues affecting agriculture. Creasy received an all-terrain-vehicle courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance and an expense-paid trip to the 2019 American Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 11-16, to compete for national honors.
Caroline Lewallen of Hall County won the Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award. GFB presents this award to recognize young farmers who earn most of their income from something other than production agriculture. Carline is the marketing and agritourism manager for Jaemor Farms. As the state winner, Lewallen received an all-terrain vehicle sponsored by Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Convention to compete in the national contest.