Voting delegates at the Georgia Farm Bureau 75th Annual Convention, held Dec. 2-4 on Jekyll Island, Ga., re-elected Zippy Duvall of Greene County to his fourth two-year term as president of the state's largest general farm organization. Irwin County Farm Bureau President Gary Paulk also ran for the position.
"I can't tell you how much I appreciate your confidence in re-electing me as your president. I love working for you and representing the greatest industry in our state," Duvall said in his acceptance speech. "Thank you for what you stand for. The people that work in agriculture depend on our organization. We, the farmers have something to be proud of, and we're going to move forward to continue our work for you."
A Farm Bureau member since 1977, Duvall, 56, and his wife Bonnie raise broilers, hay and beef cattle on their farm in Greene County. 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 Federation Young Farmer of the Year. Duvall was elected to the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 2002 as a 4th District director, a position he held until being elected GFB president in 2006.
He is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors and of the Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company Board of Directors.
The Duvalls have four children: Vince and daughter-in-law Erin; Corrie and son-in-law Jared Terry; Zeb and Zellie and two grandchildren. The Duvalls are members of New Hope Baptist Church where Zippy serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.