What is in this article?:
- Georgia Farm Bureau elects Duvall, other officers
- Member since 1973
• Duvall, who ran unopposed, begins the first year of his third two-year term.
• A Farm Bureau member since 1977, Duvall and his wife, Bonnie, raise broilers, hay and cattle on their farm in Greshamville.
• Delegates also voted on policy that will direct the organization’s stance on legislative issues pertaining to agriculture in the upcoming year.
Voting delegates at the Georgia Farm Bureau 72nd Annual Convention re-elected Zippy Duvall of Greene County as president of the state’s largest general farm organization. Duvall, who ran unopposed, begins the first year of his third two-year term.
A Farm Bureau member since 1977, Duvall and his wife, Bonnie, raise broilers, hay and cattle on their farm in Greshamville. 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 Young Farmer of the Year. In 1985, the Duvalls served as chairmen of the GFB Young Farmer Committee, and in 1987, Duvall was named chairman of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer 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, he is a member of the board of directors of the American Farm Bureau Federation and of the Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company. His 30 years of community and public service also include graduating from the Georgia Agri-Leaders Program and serving as chairman of the Greene County Board of Commissioners. He is a member of Gov. Perdue’s Agricultural Advisory Committee and the Georgia Association of County Commissioners and was recently appointed to the Georgia Development Authority.
The Duvalls have four children: Vince and wife, Erin, and granddaughter Ava Madison, who live in Acworth; Corrie, who is working on her doctorate degree and lives in northern Virginia with her husband, Jared; Zeb, who is at the University of Georgia and Zellie, who is a sophomore at Auburn University. The Duvalls are members of New Hope Baptist Church where Zippy serves as a deacon.
In other elections, voting delegates selected their state board of directors and officers for 2011. Gerald Long of Decatur County was re-elected to his second, three-year term as South Georgia vice-president. He was first elected to the position in 2006 for a one-year term. GFB voting delegates also designated Long as the organization’s first vice-president. Long represents 53 counties in South Georgia as GFB south Georgia vice-president.