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GFB announces promotions in Field Services Department


By: Georgia Farm Bureau
4/5/2017 1:54:38 PM


Dennis Black has been promoted to director of Georgia Farm Bureau Field Services and Clay Talton has been promoted to associate field services Director.

Black, who has been associate director since 2014, succeeds Mike Copeland, who retired March 30. Talton has worked as GFB 2nd District Field Representative since 2014 and succeeds Black as associate director.

"Our Field Services Department has long been our direct link to our county Farm Bureaus. We like to think of them as our 'boots on the ground,'" GFB President Gerald Long said. "Dennis and Clay have been outstanding in their previous roles with our organization, and we know the Field Services Department will remain in capable hands under their leadership."

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Black has worked for GFB since 1996, when he joined the company as its 2nd District field representative, serving 14 counties in northeast Georgia. He and his family raise breeder hens for Fieldale Farms along with keeping a herd of registered Angus cattle and growing hay.

Black and his wife Teresa have three adult children - son Chris and his wife Coda, Ellen and Clay, and two grandchildren.

Talton, a native of Houston County, worked for the UGA Cooperative Extension Service before taking the 2nd District field rep position. Prior to working for GFB, he served on the GFB Young Farmer Committee and won the GFB Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award in 2013.

Talton holds bachelor's and master's degrees in animal science from UGA. He and his wife Brittany have three children - daughters Lola and Nora and son Cohen.


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