Vincent “Zippy” Duvall, a poultry, cattle and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia, was elected to serve as the new president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). Duvall was named to the organization’s top spot at the AFBF national convention on January 12.
With his election, Duvall becomes the organization’s 12th president. He succeeds past AFBF President Bob Stallman, who after 16 years in office chose not to seek re-election.
A Farm Bureau member since 1977, Duvall has held numerous leadership positions in the Greene County Farm Bureau, including president and vice president. Duvall has served on numerous GFB Commodity Advisory Committees, the GFB Policy Development Committee and, as past chairman, the GFB Young Farmer Committee. He has represented Georgia as a voting delegate at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention since being elected to the state board and served on the AFBF Board of Directors in the 1980s as chairman of the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. He also served as member of former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Agricultural Advisory Council.
In addition to his Farm Bureau leadership, Duvall is chairman of the Greene County Board of Commissioners and is a member of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. He has served on the Rayle EMC board of directors for 16 years. Duvall is a member of the Greensboro Farmers Bank Board of Directors and is a member of the Greensboro/Greene County Chamber of Commerce. Duvall and his wife, Bonnie, have four children: Vince, Corrie, Zeb and Zellie.
Corn, soybean farmer named AFBF vice president
Scott VanderWal, a third-generation family farmer from Volga, South Dakota, was named vice president of AFBF. He and has been president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau since 2004. He and his wife, Michelle, raise corn soybeans and do custom cattle-feeding and some custom harvesting.