Clay Talton is the new director of Georgia Farm Bureau’s Field Services Department. Ken Murphree will serve as associate field services director. They will oversee most of GFB’s ag promotion programs and serve as liaisons between GFB’s home and county offices.
“Please join me in welcoming Clay and Ken to their new roles as Farm Bureau continues to provide the best service possible to our members,” GFB President Tom McCall said.
A Houston County native, Talton graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in animal & dairy science and a master’s degree in animal science.
Talton worked as a UGA Cooperative Extension Agent prior to coming to GFB in 2014 as GFB’s District 2 federation manager. He became assistant director of Field Services in 2017. Talton succeeds Dennis Black, who retired Sept. 3.
Clay and his wife, Brittany, have three children, Lola, Cohen and Nora.
Murphree grew up on his family’s diversified row-crop farm in Turner County. He earned an associate degree in agribusiness from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from UGA.
Murphree served an internship with Delta & Pine Land Company before GFB hired him in 2001 as a commodities specialist in its former commodities & marketing department. In that role, Murphree managed the GFB Certified Farm Market program, worked with GFB’s commodity committees and assisted with GFB’s grain marketing service. Murphree became GFB’s 8th District Federation Manager in 2005.
Murphree and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Payne and Addie.