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Carter honored as Champion of Change leader



  On July 29 the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) honored local “Champions of Change,” leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching. Jake Carter of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Commit-tee in McDonough was selected to receive this honor.

Jake Carter of Southern Belle Farm in McDonough has been selected by the USDA as a local Champion of Change.                                                         Special photo

  Jake operates Southern Belle Farm in McDonough. This farm consists of U-Pick strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and peaches, as well as a fall corn maze and educational school tours. Jake was recently elected as the American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Committee Chair, through which he works to share the promise of a career and life in agriculture with others who love the land and want to create a life there.

  These champions are leading in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers and a life on the land, and providing food, fiber, fuel, and flora around the world.

  The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

  To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visit www.white 

  For more information on opportunities to support new and beginning farmers, visit



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