OFFICERS (Jan. 1, 2016-Dec. 31, 2016)
Gayle White, Chairman
Ed White, Vice Chairman
Gregory Gill, Treasurer
Dan Ward, 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 | Eileen Jordan
Eileen Jordan is partner in Jordan Planting Company in Oak Ridge, La. with her husband Vic, former chairman of the National Peanut Board, and father-in-law Francis II. Jordan has been farming for 35 years and grows peanuts, corn, soybeans, rice, timber, pasture and has a cow/calf operation. Jordan graduated from Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana Monroe) with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and has been a registered dental hygienist for more than 30 years. Jordan is a member of the Louisiana Farm Bureau. She and her husband have three children: Jenny, Emily and Victor IV. She attends Saint David’s Episcopal Church. In her free time, Jordan enjoys being with her three grandchildren, monogramming and cooking meals for the workers on the farm.
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 | Andy Bell
Born and raised on a farm, Bell has farmed and been partner of Bell Farms since graduating college. His farming operation consists of peanuts, cotton, corn, pine timber and 200 head of cattle. Bell is a graduate of Abraham Baldwin College of Agriculture, and the University of Georgia.Bell is also a member of the board of directors for the American Peanut Growers Group. His leadership experience includes membership in the Decatur County, Ga. and American Farm Bureaus, as well as past presidency of the peanut committees of the American and Georgia Farm Bureaus. He has also served as an advisory board member of the health science and professional studies department at Bainbridge State College. Bell and his wife Judy enjoy travel and attending sports games, including University of Georgia football and the Atlanta Braves.
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 | Bud Bowers
Owner and operator of Corrin F. Bowers & Sons Farm, Bowers began farming in a partnership in 1976. Today, his wife Sallie and children Corrin Bowers III and Louisa Beach all assist on the family farm operation. They farm peanuts, cotton and corn. “I hope to have a farmer’s voice; one recognized by the industry,” said Bowers. Bowers graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina. Additionally, he is a member of the South Carolina Peanut Board, Farm Bureau and the Lions Club. Bowers is also a deacon at Lawtonville Baptist Church.
TEXAS | Peter Froese Jr.
Peter Froese Jr. owns and operates Froese Land and Cattle in Seminole, Texas. A fourth-generation farmer, Froese has produced peanuts for 25 years and also grows wheat, cotton, sorghum and has a cattle operation. Froese is a graduate of Syngenta Peanut Leadership Academy. He and his wife Shirley have four children: Westin, Adelheidi, Emmaline and Bailey. Since 1994, Froese has been a member of Western Peanut Growers Association. For 10 years, he has been a co-owner of SunCot Cotton Gin and serves as vice president of the board of directors. He is also part owner of insurance agency Jones and Lowe. Froese is a member of the Texas Peanut Producers Board and Texas Farm Bureau and has been a deacon at Seminole Mennonite Evangelical Church for 12 years. In his spare time, he likes to hunt and fish with his family.
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 – Micah Barham
FLORIDA – William Carte
GEORGIA – Neil Lee
MISSISSIPPI – Lonnie Fortner
NEW MEXICO – Kenneth Cox
NORTH CAROLINA – Ray Garner Jr.
OKLAHOMA – Les Crall
SOUTH CAROLINA – Neal Baxley Jr.
TEXAS – Bob White
VIRGINIA – Paul Rogers