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Henry County's Carter named Young Farmers & Ranchers chairman

Jake Carter (left) shakes hands with President Bob Stallman at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in San Antonio, Tx. (Special photo)

Jake Carter (left) shakes hands with President Bob Stallman at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in San Antonio, Tx. (Special photo)

MCDONOUGH — A co-owner of Southern Belle Farm in Henry County was recently elected American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee chairman.

Jake Carter attended the annual leadership conference in San Antonio, Texas, and received the honor of serving a one-year term as chairman while he continues to operate his family farm.

The American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers program includes both men and women between the ages of 18-35. The objective of the Young Farmers & Ranchers program is to provide leadership in building a more effective Farm Bureau to expand opportunities in agriculture.

Carter played an instrumental role in transforming the former dairy operation into a 330-acre agritourism destination after receiving his business management degree from the University of Georgia.

Carter is the seventh generation to farm in Henry County and continues to make Southern Belle a family-ran business with his wife, Jennifer and other relatives.

The farm offers activities year-round. Starting in April the farm will open its gates to the public for strawberry picking and educational school group tours. More information can be found at ww.SouthernBelleFarm.com.