Recently at the 97th annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation, delegates elected a new national president, Zippy Duvall, formerly president of the Georgia Farm Bureau. President and CEO of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Larry Wooten:
“North Carolina we took 280 delegates to the convention so we had a good delegation, a little cool for Orlando, a lot of excitement. But, in any event, a lot of excitement, as you mentioned one of the things that happened is we elected a new president and vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, at the retirement of Bob Stallman.
There were four candidates, four very qualified candidates, and Zippy Duvall, president of the Georgia Farm Bureau was elected by the voting delegates from the 50 state Farm Bureaus to serve as president for the next two years.”
A new vice president of AFBF was also elected in Orlando explains Wooten:
“Scott Van Der Wahl from South Dakota was elected vice president, and certainly we wish them well and look forward to working with them, and help making them successful, and moving Farm Bureau in all 50 states forward.”
Wooten discusses the possibility of changes to American Farm Bureau under Duvall after 16 years of Bob Stallman:
“President Duvall didn’t go in with any preconceived ideas, he was going to make great changes…the American Farm Bureau is strong, he went in saying we were going to keep it strong, and make it grow. I don’t anticipate any great changes for the American Farm Bureau.”
Also, at the individual state conventions, several new state presidents were elected:
“Yes, this is the most new state presidents, certainly in my tenure, and I think in the history of the organization. We had 11 new state presidents from all across the nation from the northeast to the southwest. And everywhere in between, so it was a different year in terms of new state presidents. We had a new state president in South Carolina, and a new president in Tennessee, the largest Farm Bureau, from a membership standpoint, in the nation.”
And, Wooten says, NCFB will be working with President Duvall to continue to make the Farm Bureau organization strong:
“North Carolina Farm Bureau is certainly a strong and proud member of the American Farm Bureau and we’re going to be working with President Duvall and his team to continue to move American Farm Bureau forward, to not only address the issues that are impacting agriculture, not only in North Carolina, but all across this nation.”
Larry Wooten, President and CEO of the North Carolina Farm Bureau.