Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall announced his candidacy for president of the American Farm Bureau Federation July 17.
The Greene County, Ga., native is in his fifth, two-year term as president of Georgia’s largest farm organization.
“Agriculture and farming will continue to play an enormously important role in the future of our country. It’s no secret that our rural population is shrinking, and the world population is expanding. America’s farmers and ranchers need a strong Farm Bureau organization to advocate for them,” said Duvall, speaking at the annual GFB Young Farmer Conference in Georgia. “There has never been a more important time for agriculture to maintain an effective grassroots organization. As a third-generation farmer, I am passionate about the outlook for agriculture and excited to kick off this campaign.”
Duvall’s announcement came three days after the July 14 statement by current AFBF President Bob Stallman that he would not seek re-election in January.
“Bob has been a great leader for American Farm Bureau,” said Duvall, “He has set a wonderful example for the organization.”
Duvall has held numerous leadership roles in Farm Bureau at the county, state, and national levels. As GFB president, he has served on the American Farm Bureau Board of Directors since 2007. During his tenure, Duvall has served on numerous AFBF committees and presently serves on the finance committee.
A lifelong dairyman, Duvall sold his milking herd in 2005 and began raising beef cattle. He and his wife of 36 years, Bonnie, now run a 250 brood-cow beef operation and continue to raise poultry and hay. The Duvalls have four children and three grandchildren.