The Georgia Young Farmers Association held its annual Southern Region Caucus on Monday, November 7 in Moultrie during the Sunbelt Ag Expo. Their GYFA has recognized numerous award recipients for the southern region, including Young Beginning Farmer, Outstanding Chapter, Young Agricultural Professional, and Chapter President, to name a few. Coffee County Young Farmers won two awards for its members, Jessie Sellars and Jordan Farabow.

Jessie Sellars was named a Southern Region finalist for the Young Ag Professional Award. The aim is to offer recognition to those who show signs of growth and knowledge both professionally and personally in the field of agribusiness.

The scholarship application is thorough in which the candidate must discuss their agribusiness, educational and community activities. Jessie is co-owner of the family business, Blue Ribbon Show Supply, which is an authorized Weaver Leather Livestock Show Supply dealer. They offer a full range of show and daily care supplies for all species of livestock and have been directly involved in the shows and livestock industry since 2003. Their interest, knowledge and experience enable them to provide exhibitors the tools they need to be successful both inside and outside the show ring. They are dedicated to providing their customers with quality, innovative products that will help their animals perform at their best in the show ring and put them on the right path to the backdrop. Jessie and her husband Jamie are extremely involved with the Coffee County Young Farmers as well as active members of Victory Chapel Baptist Church.

Jordan Farabow, owner of Farabow Angus, has been recognized as a finalist for the Young Beginning Producer Award. The objective of the Young Beginning Farmer Award is to encourage young men and women who are at the beginning or development stage of their careers or agricultural projects. The aim is to offer recognition to those who show signs of growth and knowledge both professionally and personally in the field of agriculture. Farrow Angus is a family owned operation that focuses on raising quality Angus cattle. What started as a small registered herd of 10 purebred cows purchased from Yon Family Farms in the fall of 2013 has now grown to over 150 head of brood cows (90 commercial cows and 60 registered cows).

Farabow Angus has increased the use of artificial insemination and embryo transfer over the past 5 years. These advanced technologies have helped them advance the genetic makeup of their herd and provide their customers with a strong, proven product. Currently, Farabow Angus markets 20 Private Treaty Registered Angus bulls per year and a select group of top commercial heifers. Jordan also grows a variety of row crops including about 75 acres of maize, 100 acres of cotton, and 150 acres of peanuts per year. These by-products are used in the feeding of their herd and the development of their bulls and females. The bulls are developed on a forage-based diet and were developed with commercial breeders in mind! Both Jordan and his wife Jessica are very active in the Coffee County Young Farmers Association and are both active members of the Pridgen Baptist Church.

Each of these Young Farmer members will represent Coffee County and compete for their respective state title at the Georgia Young Farmers Convention to be held on Jekyll Island in January 2023.

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