Young Farmers & Ranchers competitors head to New Orleans
Georgia Farm Bureau members Will and Heather Cabe, Becca Creasy and Caroline Lewallen are preparing for national competition at the 100th Annual American Farm Bureau Convention, to be held Jan. 11-15 in New Orleans.
The Cabes, members of Franklin County Farm Bureau, are vying for the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award, which recognizes farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35 who earn the majority of their income from production agriculture. The Cabes partner with Will’s parents, Chan and Lou, 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. Heather serves as the chairwoman of the FCFB Women’s Leadership Committee.
Lewallen is preparing for national competition for the Excellence in Agriculture Award, which recognizes agriculturalists between the ages of 18 and 35 who earn the majority of their income from something other than production agriculture. She serves as chairwoman for the HCFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. She is the marketing and agritourism coordinator for Jaemor Farms. She and her husband, Kyle, are developing a direct-to-consumer beef cattle ranch.
Creasy will compete in the AFBF Discussion Meet, which simulates committee meetings and searches for ideas to address farm-related issues. Creasy is a regional sales manager for Bayer in Southeast Georgia. She and her husband Jarrod run 920 Cattle Company in Statesboro, selling farm-fresh beef to area restaurants and individual customers.
The Cabes, Lewallen and Creasy won the Georgia Farm Bureau competitions during the GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference in July.
The winners of the AFBF Achievement Award, Excellence in Agriculture Award and Discussion Meet will receive a new Ford truck. The three runners-up will receive a Case IH Farmall 50A tractor. Third-place finalists will receive a Case IH 40-inch Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and a $500 parts card, as well as $2,000 of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise. Fourth-place finalists will receive a Case IH 40-inch Combination Roll Cabinet & Top Chest and a $500 parts card.