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Board of Directors

Advisory Council


Board of Directors

The GFVGA Board of Directors consists of four officers and nine directors and are elected by the membership at the annual meeting.


Aries HaygoodM&A FarmsLyons, Georgia
First Vice-President
Drew EcholsJaemor FarmsAlto, Georgia
Second Vice-President
Sam WatsonChill C FarmsMoultrie, Georgia
Bill BrimLewis Taylor FarmsTifton, Georgia
Past President
Mike BruortonSuperior Berries Fargo, Georgia
Executive Director
Charles Hall LaGrange, Georgia



Term Expires 2020
Troy BlandBland FarmsGlennville, Georgia
Ashley FowlerFowler Plant FarmsMoultrie, Georgia
Austin HamiltonSouthern Valley Fruit and Vegetable, Inc.Norman Park, Georgia
Term Expires 2021
 Justin CorbettCorbett Brothers FarmsLake Park, Georgia
Jerome CrosbyPine Needle FarmsWillacoochee, Georgia
Jason TyroneTyCor FarmsLake Park, Georgia
Term Expires 2020
Casey Cox Longleaf Ridge FarmsCamilla, Georgia
Lee DickeyDickey FarmsMusella, Georgia
Lindy SavelleGeorgia Grown CitrusOchlocknee, Georgia


Advisory Council

The GFVGA Advisory Council was established to provide the Board advice and counsel from specific produce associations, commodity state Extension specialists from UGA and allied members. The Advisory Council represents the supplier and vendor interests in the industry.


University Professionals

Dr. Lenny Wells

University of Georgia -- Tifton Campus

Pecan Specialist

David Riley

University of Georgia -- Tifton Campus

Coastal Plain Experiment Station

Dr. Georgia Boyhan

University of Georgia

Vegetable Specialist

Dr. Scott NeSmith

University of Georgia -- Tifton Campus

Blueberry Specialsit

 Stanley Culpepper

University of Georgia -- Tifton Campus

Extension Weed Specialist

 Dr. Greg Fonash

University of Georgia -- Tifton Campus


Phil Brannen

Wine Growers Association of Georgia

Dr. Tim Coolong

University of Georgia

Vegetable Specialist

Erick Smith

University of Georgia -- Tifton Campus

Pomology Specialist

Dr. Laurel Dunn

University of Georgia

Food Science Specialist

Dr. Andre Luiz Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva

University of Georgia -- Tifton Campus

Vegetable Specialist



Commodity, Commission or Organization

Lawton Pearson

Georgia Commodity Commission for Peaches

Georgia Commodity Commission for Blueberries

 Harry Stacy

Georgia Strawberry Association


Samantha McLeod

Georgia Pecan Growers

Executive Director

Bob Stafford

Vidalia Onion Committeee

Rob Greene

Georgia Watermelon Association


Duke Lane, III

Georgia Peach Council


Will Bentley

Georgia Agribusiness Council




Industry Representatives

Raynor Churchwell

Georgia Farm Bureau

Agricultural Programs Specialist

Rusty Autry

Seminis Vegetable Seeds

Jon Harris

AgSouth Farm Credit


Darren Deal


Beth Meeks

Georgia Department of Agriculture

Steve Vandermeid


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