ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Delegates at the 97th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention elected Zippy Duvall to serve as the new president of AFBF and Scott VanderWal as vice president.
Vincent "Zippy" Duvall is a poultry, cattle and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia, and served as president of the Georgia Farm Bureau for 9 years. Duvall has held numerous leadership positions in Farm Bureau and his local community. He is the 12th president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Scott VanderWal is a third-generation family farmer from Volga, South Dakota, and has been president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau since 2004.
Full biographies of the newly elected leaders are included below.
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Vincent "Zippy" Duvall, a poultry, cattle and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia, was most recently president of the Georgia Farm Bureau.
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.
Scott VanderWal is a third-generation family farmer from Volga, South Dakota. On their farm, Scott and his wife, Michelle, raise corn soybeans and do custom cattle-feeding and some custom harvesting.
Scott has been a member of the South Dakota Farm Bureau board of directors since 1997, including three years as Vice President. He was elected president in 2004 and has held the office since.
Scott and Michelle are both graduates of South Dakota State University and served on the South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers committee for several years, including one year as Chairs. The couple also served on the American Farm Bureau Federation YF&R committee from 1992-1994, where Scott was elected Second Vice Chairman.
SOURCE American Farm Bureau Federation