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GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers winners gear up for AFBF contests

by Jay Stone

Posted on Nov 28, 2023 at 16:21 PM


Pierce County’s David and Lindsey Morgan, Cole and Nicole Roper of Franklin County and Andy Paul of Oglethorpe County, winners of the Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) 2023 competitive events, are preparing for national competitions to be held at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, in January.

The YF&R program helps young Farm Bureau members shape their future and American agriculture through leadership development and personal growth opportunities. These competitions enable members to showcase their leadership experience, communication skills and successful business plans as they compete against the best of the best from each state Farm Bureau.

As part of the YF&R competitions, the top four competitors in the AFBF Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Ag areas will receive:

Winner (First Place): $35,000 credit toward a new Ford vehicle and paid registration to the AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, courtesy of Ford.

Runner-up (Second Place) receives: $25,000 credit towards new Case IH piece of equipment, courtesy of Case IH.

Third Place receives: A $2,500 Investing in Your Future cash prize, courtesy of AmericanAg™, $2,500 worth of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise, courtesy of Stanley Black & Decker plus a Case IH branded safe, courtesy of Case IH.

Fourth Place receives: A Case IH branded Solo Stove, courtesy of Case IH.

David and Lindsey Morgan won the 2023 GFB YF&R Achievement Award.

David is a third-generation farmer who grows cotton and peanuts as well as vegetables and a variety of grains. He also owns timber land and provides land-clearing services. Lindsey teaches social studies at Ware County High School.

The Morgans co-chair the Pierce County Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. David has been involved in the YF&R program since 2006 and Lindsey since 2011.

Cole and Nicole Roper won the 2023 GFB YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award.

The Ropers raise cattle and grow corn, which they sell in their GFB Certified Farm Market, Cole’s Sweet Corn. Cole works as a broiler supervisor for Fieldale Farms. Nicole is an agriculture teacher at West Oak Middle School in Westminster, South Carolina.

Andy Paul won the 2023 GFB YF&R Discussion Meet, held in July during the GFB YF&R Summer Leadership Conference on Jekyll Island. Paul, a former state and national FFA president, works as a public relations representative for Georgia EMC.

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