Georgia farmer Zippy Duvall is now the American Farm Bureau Federation president after three rounds of voting at the 2016 convention in Orlando, Florida. Duvall defeated Barry Bushue of Oregon, Kevin Rogers of Arizona, and Don Villwock of Indiana.
Duvall garnered enough votes on January 12 to serve in the highest capacity of the nation’s largest agriculture organization. Duvall is the 4th southerner to ever win the position and only 12 presidents have served in the 100 year history of the Farm Bureau.
Delegates from around the nation cast their votes for the man who raises cattle and poultry. Duvall previously held the position of Georgia’s Farm Bureau president.
“We’re going to talk about how to make this organization, which is already strong, even stronger…If you didn’t vote for me this time, I’m going to work so hard, you’re going to want to vote for me the next time.” Duvall said in his acceptance speech.
Duvall will replace Bob Stallman who is retiring after 16 years. The position pays $800,000 annually.