North Hall brothers Jacob and Joab Bowen seemed destined to work on the family chicken farm, founded by their father Paul Bowen in 1987.
“The farm’s always been good to us and kept us fed,” Jacob said. “Joab and I get to work alongside each other every day, and that’s a blessing in its own.”
The brothers’ hard work earned them some recognition on Tuesday, March 27, as they were named Farmers of the Year at the Annual Agribusiness Awards Program at the North Hall Community Center.
The awards program, put on by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and Hall County
Cooperative Extension, aims to raise awareness of agriculture in Hall and honor agricultural leaders.
“We’re just very blessed,” Joab said following the event of the award. “Everything we have obtained and got has been through the grace of Jesus Christ.”
Alison Smith, chief financial officer of Bagwell Insurance Group, said in presenting the award to the Bowens, “What once started as a one-house farm has grown into a fruitful large-scale operation now capable of producing 19-22 million pounds of antibiotic-free chicken per year.”
“The Bowens are thankful for all the Lord has blessed them with and credit all their success to his faithfulness.”
In 2008, the brothers added 12 broiler houses to the farm, bringing the total to 16 houses. They also own some adjacent cattle grassland, Jacob said.
“It keeps us pretty busy,” he said.
Jacob also was pleased with the award.
“Farming is tough,” he said. “It has its ups and downs. It’s not always fun … or pretty, but at the end of the day, you go home. It’s our roots, basically, and we just do it every day.”
Jacob said he doesn’t worry that Hall County’s growth will be all-consuming.
“There still will be some family farms,” he said. “We’re all tied together and we all need each other. People need us and we need them too. We just need to find a good balance.”
Farmers of the Year: Jacob and Joab Bowen
Friend of Agriculture: Hall County Farm Bureau
Outstanding Agribusiness: Gold Creek FoodsAgribusiness Hall of Fame: Mike Haynes, Elton Maddox and J.K. Crumley