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December 9, 2014





Jennifer Whittaker,



Sims re-elected as GFB North Georgia vice president; Long continues to serve as 1st VP

2015 GFB Board of Directors named


MACON, GA. – Voting delegates at the 77th Annual Georgia Farm Bureau Convention, held Dec. 7-9, on Jekyll Island, re-elected Zippy Duvall of Greene County to his fifth, two-year term as president of the state’s largest general farm organization. Duvall ran unopposed.


In the past eight years, Georgia Farm Bureau has worked diligently to ensure the economic viability of Georgia’s farmers and educate the public about how Georgia farmers grow their food.


A Farm Bureau member since 1977, Duvall and his wife, Bonnie, raise broilers, hay and beef cattle on their farm in Greene County. Duvall currently serves on the Greene County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and has held numerous leadership positions in the county Farm Bureau including president and vice president. In 1982 he was named Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer of the Year and went on to be named the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer of the Year. The Duvalls served on the GFB Young Farmer Committee from 1984-1985 and Zippy served as chairman of the GFB Young committee in 1985. The Duvalls began serving on the AFBF Young Farmer Committee in 1986, and in 1987, Duvall was named chairman of the committee. Duvall was elected to the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 2002 as a 4th District director.


In addition to serving as president of the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation and its affiliate companies, Duvall is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors and of the Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company Board of Directors.


Duvall’s years of community and public service include graduating from the Georgia Agri-Leaders Program and serving as chairman of the Greene County Board of Commissioners. He has served on the Georgia Development Authority since 2010 and was appointed to the Essential Economy Council Board of Directors in 2012.


The Duvalls have four children: Vince and daughter-in-law Erin; Corrie and son-in-law Jared Terry; Zeb and Zellie and three grandchildren. The Duvalls are members of New Hope Baptist Church in Greshamville where Zippy serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.


In other elections, voting delegates selected their state board of directors and officers for 2015. Bernard Sims of Catoosa County, who ran unopposed, was re-elected to his third, three-year term as North Georgia vice president. Sims, who was first elected in 2008, represents 49 counties in north Georgia. Sims, who also serves as the Catoosa County Farm Bureau president, grows turf grass, small grains, strawberries, hay and beef cattle.


GFB voting delegates re-designated Gerald Long of Decatur County as the organization’s 1st vice president as he begins serving the second year of his third, three-year term as South Georgia vice president. Long and his family raise cattle and grow peanuts, vegetables, corn, cotton, hay, small grains and timber on their farm near Bainbridge.


Robert Fountain Jr. of Emanuel County begins the third year of his second consecutive three-year term as GFB Middle Georgia vice president. Fountain raises cattle, hay, timber, small grains and pecans on his family farm in Emanuel and Johnson counties.


In district director races, Wesley Hall of Forsyth County was elected to a two-year term on the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors as a 1st District director. Hall, who is president of the Forsyth County Farm Bureau, raises cattle and operates a custom farm business that specializes in hay baling and hay sales, the sale of chicken litter for fertilizer and commercial fertilizer spreading.


Randy Ruff of Elbert County was re-elected as a GFB 2nd District director. Ruff, who owns a dairy farm, is president of the Elbert County Farm Bureau and has served as a GFB 2nd District director since 2002.


Don Wood of Wilcox County was re-elected as a GFB 8th District director. Wood, who grows row crops, pecans, watermelons and raises cattle, has served as a GFB 8th District director since 1982 and is a Wilcox County Farm Bureau director.


The following were re-elected unopposed to serve two-year terms on the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors: Nora Goodman of Paulding County, 3rd District; Skeetter McCorkle of McDuffie County, 4th District; Jim Ham of Monroe County, 5th District; James Emory Tate of Jeff Davis County, 6th District; Ben Boyd of Screven County, 7th District; Lucius Adkins of Baker County, 9th District and Daniel Johnson, of Pierce County, 10th District.


GFB board members beginning the second year of the two-year term they were elected to in 2013 are: Bill Bryan of Chattooga County, 1st District; Bobby Gunter of Lumpkin County, 2nd District; George Chambers of Carroll County, 3rd District; Marvin Ruark of Morgan County, 4th District; Ralph Adamson of Lamar County, 5th District; James Malone of Laurens County, 6th District; Gary Bell of Evans County, 7th District; Scotty Raines of Turner County, 8th District; Paul Shirah of Mitchell County, 9th District and David Lee of Bacon County, 10th District.


David Cromley of Bulloch County was named chairman of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee. Janet Greuel of Fayette County was named chairman of the Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. Both will serve a one-year term as committee chairmen and will sit on the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors.


Delegates also voted on policy that will direct the organization’s stance on legislative issues pertaining to agriculture in the upcoming year.


Founded in 1937, the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization. The organization has 158 county chapters. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.





CUTLINE FOR DUVALL SPEAKING: Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall was re-elected to his fifth two-year term as president of the state’s largest general farm organization at the GFB 77th Annual Convention held Dec. 7-9 on Jekyll Island.


CUTLINE FOR 2015 GFB BOARD: The 2015 Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors is comprised of: front row, from left, Middle Georgia Vice President Robert Fountain Jr., Emanuel County; North Georgia Vice President Bernard Sims, Catoosa County; 1st Vice President Gerald Long, Decatur County; President Zippy Duvall, Greene County; Corporate Secretary/Treasurer Wayne Daniel; Corporate Counsel Duke Groover, Assistant Corporate Secretary Jon Huffmaster and Assistant Treasurer David Jolley; second row, from left: GFB Women's Leadership Committee Chairman Janet Greuel, Fayette County; David Lee, Bacon County; Skeetter McCorkle, McDuffie County; Scotty Raines, Turner County; Marvin Ruark, Morgan County; Nora Goodman, Paulding County; Ralph Adamson, Lamar County; Lucius Adkins Jr., Baker County; James Malone, Laurens County; Don Wood, Wilcox County; Wesley Hall, Forsyth County and GFB Young Farmer Chairman David Cromley, Bulloch County; third row, from left: Bobby Gunter, Lumpkin County; Randy Ruff, Elbert County; Bill Bryan, Chattooga County; Ben Boyd, Screven County; James Emory Tate, Jeff Davis County; Paul Shirah, Mitchell County; Daniel Johnson, Pierce County; Gary Bell, Evans County and Jim Ham, Monroe County.