GFB News Magazine

GFB Convention canceled; district election meetings set

Posted on November 17, 2020 12:00 AM

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Georgia Farm Bureau members will not meet on Jekyll Island this year for the organization’s annual convention. Instead, on Dec. 8, voting delegates from each of  GFB’s 10 districts will gather at a central location in their respective districts to participate in the organization’s annual business meeting. Delegates will elect the organization’s next president, elect the North  Georgia vice president, designate the organization’s first vice president and elect their district directors. 

Stan Kirk of Cobb County and Tom McCall of Elbert County are running  to  serve as GFB’s next president. Outgoing GFB President Gerald Long announced in 2018 that he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term.  GFB  presidents are elected for two-year terms.  

Voting delegates in GFB’s North Georgia region will elect the organization’s North Georgia vice president; incumbent Bernard Sims of Catoosa County is running unopposed for this position. GFB South Georgia Vice  President Daniel Johnson of Pierce County, who also serves as GFB 1st vice president, is the only GFB vice president seeking the designation of 1st vice  president. Robert Fountain Jr. of Emanuel County continues to serve as GFB  Middle Georgia vice president.

The only contested district director race is in GFB’s 2nd District where both Russ Moon of Madison County and incumbent Randy Ruff of Elbert County are running.

Kirk is president of the Cobb County Farm Bureau. McCall is an Elbert County Farm Bureau  director. You can meet  each  candidate in the following profiles.

GFB leadership positions up for election

GFB president: Stan Kirk & Tom McCall

Stan Kirk

Hometown: Kennesaw, Cobb County

Age:  59

Spouse:  Laney Landrum Kirk

Children: Chelsea K. (spouse Brock Steinmetz), Evan Kirk, Brandon (spouse Emily), Jacob Bennett (spouse Julie) & Jeremy Bennett

# of Grandchildren:  4

Ag commodities you produce:  Eggs, plums, pecans, blueberries, peaches & a few vegetables. 

We also have chickens, ducks, pigs & goats.

Occupation (farm & off-farm): 5th generation farmer; banker with SunTrust Bank (34+ years)  

Hobby: Playing with the grandchildren, sports

Favorite ag activity:  Taking care of the family farm & educating children and our community on the importance of agriculture. 

Tom McCall

Hometown: Elberton/Fortsonia, Elbert County

Age: 64

Spouse: Jane Gaines McCall

Children: Al (spouse Rachel)  &  Katie M. (spouse  Bristol Archer), deceased son Bud

# of Grandchildren: 2

Ag Commodities you produce: Beef cows, hogs, sheep, wheat, oats, triticale, grain  corn, sweet corn, hay

Occupation: farmer, retired Ga. legislator (26 years)

Hobby:  Spending time with family & grandchildren

Favorite ag activity: restoring old tractors, building farm equipment, plowing/running combine,  caring for animals.


GFB Vice Presidents

Daniel Johnson

GFB 1st  vice president unopposed for re-designation

South Ga. VP - begins 2nd year of 3 yr. term

Bernard Sims

GFB North Ga. vice president unopposed for 3 yr. term


Contested District Director Race

GFB 2nd Dist.

Russ Moon Madison County

Randy Ruff Elbert County * incumbent