OFFICERS (Jan. 1, 2015-Dec. 31, 2015)
Bob White, Chairman
Monty Rast, Vice Chairman
Gayle White, Treasurer
Ed White, Secretary
ALABAMA | Edward E. White
White operates White Farms with his wife, Bonnie, and son. White Farms produces runner peanuts, cotton, corn and small grains. The Whites also maintain a cattle operation. White earned a B.S. degree from Troy State University and a Master of Education from Auburn University. He farmed part-time and taught at Wallace Community College before he embraced his passion for farming and became a full-time farmer about 35 years ago. Over the years, White has been involved in many professional and agricultural organizations, including GFA Peanut Association Board, Alabama Farm Analysis Board, Henry County Farmers Federation Board, First South Farm Credit Regional Board, Alabama Peanut Producers Association Board, Peanut Advisory Board, National Peanut Growers Group, American Agricultural Movement—Washington delegate, Henry County Cattleman’s Association Board and Foreign Trade Relations Commission.
ARKANSAS | Gregory Gill
Gill operates Greg Gill Farms and has been engaged in peanut production most recently for four years. Gill previously grew peanuts with his father from 1968-1979. Gill grows runner peanuts, rice, corn and soybeans. Gill graduated from Highland High School and attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He is current president of the Arkansas Peanut Growers Association and member of the Arkansas Rice Growers Association. He also serves as a board member for Farm Service Inc. and the Lawrence County School Board, and was a former board member of the Northeast Arkansas Horse Show Association.
AT-LARGE | Francis “Vic” V. Jordan III
Jordan is the owner and operator of Jordan Planting Company with his wife, Eileen, and father, Francis II. The farm produces peanuts, corn, soybeans, wheat and rice, along with acreage for cattle. Eileen heads up the cattle operation. Jordan is an alumnus of University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana State University and Louisiana Tech. He has farmed since 1979 on land owned by his family since 1841, making him a sixth-generation farmer. Jordan serves on the boards of The Louisiana Farm Bureau, Cotton Stevenson Gin Inc., Louisiana Cotton Warehouses and the Northeast Louisiana Rice Growers Association. Previously, he served on the board of the Richland Parish Cattlemen’s Association.
FLORIDA | Jeffery Pittman
Pittman is owner and operator of Jeffery C. & Ginger W. Pittman Farm where he grows peanuts, cotton, corn, soybeans, sunflowers, small grains, hay, and has additional acreage for cattle. He is a fourth-generation diversified farmer in Northeast Jackson County. Upon graduation from Malone High School in 1989, Pittman assisted with the family farming operation until he and his wife Ginger became sole proprietors in 1997. Together they have three children: Jeffery Jr., Mary Katherine, and Wilton Grant. Pittman serves as state director, District 2, for the Florida Farm Bureau, president of Jackson County Farm Bureau and president of Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association. He is on the board of Sowega Cotton Inc., is a partner of Malone Peanut LLC, in Malone Fl., chair of Jackson County Farm Service Agency committee and has served on various Farm Bureau commodity advisory committees.
GEORGIA | John C. Harrell
Harrell, his wife, Deena, and son own and operate a sixth-generation family farm north of Whigham, Ga. He began farming in 1975 growing peanuts and corn, later adding cotton. Harrell attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga, after graduating from Whigham High School. Along with the National Peanut Board, Harrell is involved in several other peanut and agricultural groups. He serves on the Georgia Peanut Commission Advisory Board and on the American Peanut Council Export Committee. For his community, Harrell served as Grady County commissioner from 1992 to 1996, and currently is the Grady County supervisor for the Georgia Soil and Water Commission. Harrell also serves on the Grady County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Advisory Committee for Peanuts, Grady County Extension Service Agricultural Advisory Committee and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Grady County Chamber of Commerce and Whigham Community Club.
MISSISSIPPI | Joe Morgan
Morgan operates M&M Farms and has grown peanuts for nearly 25 years. He grows runner peanuts, corn and cotton. Morgan graduated from Runnelstown High School and studied mechanical engineering at Jones County Junior College before pursuing his career in farming. He completed National Corn Growers Association and CIBA-Geigy Leadership Development Program and is current president of the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association; member of First South Farm Credit board of directors; member of Forrest County FSA committee; and member and former director-officer of Forrest County Farm Bureau. He is a former Forrest County NRCS Commissioner, FSA committee chairman and co-op board of directors member. He is also a member of Pineview Baptist Church.
NEW MEXICO | Wayne Baker
Baker owns Wayne Baker Farms and has been in peanut production for more than 40 years. Baker’s wife Joanna is the owner of a local embroidery store and they have four grown children, 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Baker has previously grown corn, potatoes, alfalfa, wheat and other crops and is currently involved in growing Valencia peanuts. Baker attended Eastern New Mexico University and is past president and current secretary/treasurer of the New Mexico Peanut Growers Association. He also serves on the Peanut Standards Board. In the industry and community, Baker has served as chairman of the local Farm Bureau and as a board member on the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau; New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum; and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Board. Baker is also a part-time commercial real estate agent and a former chairman and current member of the local Rotary International club.
NORTH CAROLINA | Dan Ward
Ward grows Virginia-type peanuts along with corn and soybeans. His wife Julie and parents Wilbur and Joyce are integral to the farming operation. A graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. in agricultural engineering, Ward is also chairman of The Peanut Foundation, vice chairman of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission and serves on the Bladen County Planning Board. He is a member of the sustainability committee with the American Peanut Council. Previously, Ward served as past-president of the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association and was on the American Farm Bureau’s Peanut Advisory Committee.
OKLAHOMA | Gayle White
White is the owner/operator of White Farm and Ranch with her husband, Joe D., chairman of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission, and has been engaged in peanut production for more than 25 years. The White family grows Virginia peanuts, cotton, corn and wheat, and raises Angus cattle. The Whites’ three children are also involved in farming and agriculture. White has served as president of the Tillman County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, president of Ag Boosters and publicity chair of the Tillman County Junior Livestock Show board of directors. She has also served on the board of directors for the Oklahoma City Sirloin Club and the Resolutions Committee of the Tillman County Farm Bureau.
SOUTH CAROLINA | Edward “Monty” Rast
Rast owns and operates Edward Rast Jr. Farms near Cameron, S.C., and farms peanuts, cotton, wheat, corn, onions, strawberries and blueberries. Rast received a business administration degree from The Citadel, and after a short stint as an appraiser for the state, he started farming commercially in 1981. He began growing peanuts in 2003. Rast and his wife, Kathy, have four children. He has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo South Carolina Farmer of the Year and the 2008 Southeast Farm Press Cotton Farmer of the Year. In addition to farming, Rast is co-owner of Carolina Peanuts and Pee Dee Peanut, two buying point facilities. Also, he is co-owner of Cameron Agriculture Service, a truck to rail business, as well as several other business endeavors in the area. He is on the board of the National Peanut Buying Points Association and a member of the South Carolina Peanut Board. Rast also served on the Calhoun County Clemson Extension Advisory Committee and chaired the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee for the South Carolina Farm Bureau.
TEXAS | Robert “Bob” White
White is a third-generation peanut farmer in Clarendon, Texas. Farming for more than 30 years, White and his wife, Pat, own and operate White Land Farms. They produce peanuts, cotton, wheat and potatoes, and raise cattle. The tradition of farming in White’s family continues as his nephews have also entered the trade. Bob has held numerous positions in peanut and agricultural organizations. He is the past president of the Panhandle Peanut Growers Association and the Donley County Farm Bureau. White also served as the director of the American Peanut Council and served on the advisory board of the Donley County Soil Conservation Service. In his community, White was a former trustee for the Hedley Independent School District.
VIRGINIA | John Crumpler II
Crumpler and his wife, Terri, own and operate RCR Farms, Inc., a farming operation in Suffolk, Va. The farming operation grows peanuts, soybeans, cotton, corn and wheat. Crumpler has more than 10 years of experience in farming. Before becoming a full-time farmer, Crumpler worked for 12 years in the fertilizer industry. He currently serves as a director of the Virginia Peanut Growers Association. In 2009, he received the Southeast Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award for the Upper Southeast region. A lifelong resident of Suffolk, Crumpler is a member of Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and hunting.
ALTERNATE BOARD MEMBERS
ALABAMA – Tom Corcoran
ARKANSAS – Gregory Baltz
AT-LARGE – Vacancy
FLORIDA – Vacancy
GEORGIA – Andy Bell
MISSISSIPPI – Lonnie Fortner
NEW MEXICO – Kenneth Cox
NORTH CAROLINA – Ray Garner, Jr.
OKLAHOMA – Les Crall
SOUTH CAROLINA – Bud Bowers
TEXAS – Peter Froese, Jr.
VIRGINIA – Paul Rogers