December 10, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jennifer Whittaker, firstname.lastname@example.org
GEORGIA FARM BUREAU 2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS NAMED
MACON, Ga. – Georgia Farm Bureau voting delegates elected the organization’s 2014 board of directors during the 2013 GFB convention held on Jekyll Island Dec. 8-10. GFB President Zippy Duvall of Greene County continues his fourth, two-year term.
Gerald Long of Decatur County, who ran unopposed, was re-elected as GFB South Georgia vice president and was re-designated as the organization’s 1st vice president. Long has served as GFB South Georgia vice president since 2006 and as GFB 1st vice president since 2008.
Robert Fountain Jr. of Emanuel County begins the second year of his second consecutive three-year term as GFB Middle Georgia vice president. Bernard Sims of Catoosa County begins the third year of his second, three-year term as GFB North Georgia vice president.
In district director elections, Bill Bryan of Chattooga County was elected as a GFB 1st District director, and incumbent Bobby Gunter of Lumpkin County was re-elected as a GFB 2nd District director. Each of these directors were elected for a two-year term.
The following were re-elected unopposed to serve two-year terms on the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors: 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.
GFB board members beginning the second year of the two-year term they were elected to in 2012 are: Henry J. West of Gordon County, 1st District; Randy Ruff of Elbert County, 2nd District; 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; Don Wood of Wilcox County, 8th District; Lucius Adkins, Jr., of Baker County, 9th District and Daniel Johnson, of Pierce County, 10th District.
Matthew London of White County was named chairman of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee. Elaine Avery of Laurens 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.
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.