OFFICERS (Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2014)
John C. Harrell, Chairman
Robert “Bob” White, Vice Chairman
Edward “Monty” Rast, Treasurer
Gayle White, Secretary
ALABAMA | Edward E. White
White operates White Farms with his wife, Bonnie, and son. White Farms is a large-acreage producer of runner peanuts in addition to cotton, corn and small grains. The Whites also have a hunting operation and 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. On the National Peanut Board, White chairs the Evaluation & Measurements committee and Nominating committee. He is a member of the Bylaws & Policy; Diversity; Export and International Trade; Research; and Strategic Planning committees.
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. Jordan is the immediate-past chairman of the National Peanut Board and chairs the Strategic Planning committee. He is a member of the Budget & Finance; Diversity; Export and International Trade; Promotions; and Research committees.
FLORIDA | Michael Davis
A lifelong farmer, Davis grows cotton and runner peanuts with his wife, Lisa, and daughter. A graduate of Chipley High School, he is involved in businesses in the cotton and peanut industry. In the community, the Davis family supports youth agricultural activities, and Davis has served as chairman of the Jackson County FSA and as past president of the Florida Peanut Producers Association. On the National Peanut Board, Davis chairs the Export and International Trade committee and the Research committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Budget & Finance; Bylaws & Policy; Grower & Industry Communications; Nominating; and Promotions 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. On the National Peanut Board, Harrell serves as 2014 chairman of the Board and as ex-officio member of all Board committees.
MISSISSIPPI | Don Self (1958-2014)
Self was the owner/operator of Self Farms with his father, Dennis. Self and his wife, Lisa, have three children and four grandchildren. A lifetime farmer and graduate of Hamilton High School, Self was a member of the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association and the Monroe County School Board. He also served on the Board of Deacons at New Prospect Baptist Church, where he was the AWANA commander, Adult Married Sunday School Teacher and church musician (guitar) and soloist. The Mississippi Peanut Growers Association-Don Self Memorial Annual Scholarship has been established to honor the memory of this peanut ambassador. Please contact Malcolm Broome at 601-606-3547 for additional information.
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. On the National Peanut Board, Baker is a member of the Diversity; Evaluation & Measurements; Grower & Industry Communications; and Nominating committees.
NORTH CAROLINA | Cynthia Belch
Belch produces Virginia-type peanuts in addition to cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat. Before becoming a full-time farmer with her husband, Mike, who is chairman of the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association, Belch earned degrees in medical technology and elementary education from Chowan University. She also worked as a medical technologist for 12 years and taught fifth-grade students for two years. Belch has always been involved in farming, from growing up on a farm to now helping manage the family farm. The couple’s son studied agri-business at North Carolina State University and continues the family farming tradition. Off the farm, the Belch family is involved in their local Baptist church and enjoys spending weekends at the lake. On the National Peanut Board, Belch is a past chairman of the Board and serves as chair of the Diversity committee. She also serves as a member of the Bylaws & Policy; Nominations; Research; and Strategic Planning committees.
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. On the National Peanut Board, White serves as secretary of the Board and chair of the Grower & Industry Communications committee. She is a member of the Budget & Finance; Diversity; Evaluation & Measurements; Export & International Trade; Promotions; and Strategic Planning committees
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. On the National Peanut Board, Rast serves as treasurer of the Board and chairs the Budget & Finance committee. He is also a member of the Diversity; Evaluation & Measurements; Promotions; Research; and Strategic Planning committees.
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. On the National Peanut Board, White serves as vice-chair of the Board and as chair of the Bylaws & Policy committee. He is also a member of the Budget & Finance; Evaluation & Measurements; Export and International Trade; Grower & Industry Communications; Promotions; and Research committees.
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. On the National Peanut Board, Crumpler is a member of the Budget & Finance; Bylaws & Policy; Evaluation & Measurements; Export and International Trade; Grower & Industry Communications; and Research committees.
ALTERNATE BOARD MEMBERS
ALABAMA – Tom Corcoran
AT-LARGE – Vacancy
FLORIDA – Jeffery Pittman
GEORGIA – Andy Bell
MISSISSIPPI – Mike Steede
NEW MEXICO – Kenneth Cox
NORTH CAROLINA – Dan Ward
OKLAHOMA – Les Crall
SOUTH CAROLINA – Bud Bowers
TEXAS – Peter Froese, Jr.
VIRGINIA – Paul Rogers