Bernard Sims re-elected as GFB North Georgia vice president
GFB members in the organization’s North Georgia Region re-elected Bernard Sims of Catoosa County to represent their region on the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors for his fifth, three-year term. GFB’s North Georgia Region is comprised of 49 counties in the upper third of the state ranging from the state’s northern border down to Carroll, Fulton, DeKalb, Rockdale, Walton, Morgan, Greene, Taliaferro, Wilkes and Lincoln counties.
Sims is the Catoosa County Farm Bureau president, a position he has held since 1979. Sims was a dairy farmer for 40 years until he sold his milking herd in 2004. The Sims family currently grows turf grass, small grains and hay. The family also raises beef cattle and strawberries sold to the public through a you-pick patch.
In addition to his Farm Bureau activities, Sims previously served on his local USDA Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service Committee and served on the boards of three dairy cooperatives during his years as a dairy farmer. Bernard and his wife, Janet, have two adult children, Kevin and Cindy, and eight grandchildren. Their son Jeff died in 2010. The Sims are members of Burning Bush Baptist Church.
Daniel Johnson of Pierce County was re-designated the organization’s 1st vice president by all GFB voting delegates. Johnson also represents GFB’s South Georgia Region, which includes 53 counties in the lower third of the state running from the Georgia coast to the Alabama line. Johnson, who grows tobacco, cotton and peanuts, previously represented the organization’s10th District on the GFB Board of Directors from 2006-2016. He is vice president of Pierce County Farm Bureau and previously served as PCFB president for 25 years. Johnson chairs the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Tobacco. He and his wife, Patricia, have four children and two grandchildren.
Robert Fountain Jr. of Emanuel County continues to represent the organization’s Middle Georgia region on the GFB Board of Directors in the third year of his seventh term. The GFB Middle Georgia Region includes 56 county Farm Bureaus in the middle third of Georgia. While serving on the GFB Board, Fountain has chaired the GFB Legislative, Finance and Insurance committees numerous times. He is the third generation to own his family’s farm located in Emanuel and Johnson counties. He raises cattle, hay, timber, small grains and pecans.
Russ Moon was elected to a two-year term on the GFB Board of Directors, representing the organization’s 2nd District in Northeast Georgia. Moon and his family raise chickens and beef cattle, grow small grains and soybeans, and operate a you-pick strawberry farm. He is president of Madison County Farm Bureau.
The following individuals were re-elected without opposition to serve two-year terms on the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors: Wesley Hall of Forsyth County, 1st District; Nora Goodman of Paulding County, 3rd District; Skeetter McCorkle of McDuffie County, 4th District; Matt Bottoms of Pike 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 of Baker County, 9th District; and Lamar Vickers of Berrien County, 10th District.
GFB directors beginning the second year of the two-year terms they were elected to in 2019 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; Leighton Cooley of Crawford 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.
Will Godowns of Pike County was re-appointed chairman of the GFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. Heather Cabe of Franklin County was re-appointed chairman of the GFB Women’s Leadership Committee. Godowns and Cabe were asked to chair their respective committees for a second year because the COVID-19 pandemic limited their opportunities to serve. Each will serve an additional one-year term on the GFB Board of Directors to represent their committees.
Appointed officers of the GFB Board of Directors include General Counsel Duke Groover, Chief Administrative Officer & Corporate Secretary Jon Huffmaster, Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Treasurer David Jolley, Assistant Corporate Secretary & Senior Counsel Jeanna Fennell, and Assistant Corporate Treasurer & Senior Director of Accounting Rachel Mosely.