Cabes named National Outstanding Young Farmers
Will and Heather Cabe of Franklin County were selected national winners at the 64th Annual National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress held Feb. 6-8 in Westbrook, Conn. Four national winners were selected from a group of 10 finalists for the award based on their career progress, soil and water conservation practices, and contributions to the well-being of the community, state and nation.
Guest Master of Ceremonies Tom Steever of Brownfield Ag News announced the four national winners and interviewed them for an upcoming episode of This Week in Agribusiness. The three other national winners for 2020 are from Iowa, Delaware, and North Dakota. National winners received a savings bond from corporate sponsor John Deere and the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., during National Ag Week in 2021.
The Cabes served on the GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee in 2015 and chaired it in 2016. Heather is chairing the Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee this year.
The Cabes raise hay, baleage, cattle, goats, and poultry on 600 acres near Carnesville. His return to the farm after earning a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia was based on his goal to make the farm more efficient and profitable for the next generation.
“All the decisions that are made on our farm are with the future generations in mind, and we take a very ‘leave it better than you found it’ approach to the management of our resources,” Will said.
An online cattle management platform that Will helped develop allows him to keep livestock records and record updates as they happen, improving management efficiency. Building a stack house for management of poultry litter will allow for a detailed, extension-derived nutrient management plan for best utilizing this essential by product.
The couple has three children, Deacon, Teller, and Emersyn. The Cabes serve in their church, the county cattlemen’s association, state young cattlemen’s council, Farm Credit advisory committee, Farm Bureau, and 4-H. Through the Ag in the Classroom program, they give a virtual farm tour that allows kids to experience a day in the life of a farmer.