AFBF delegates elect Duvall

By Spencer Chase

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ORLANDO, Jan. 12, 2016 - American Farm Bureau Federation voting delegates elected Vincent “Zippy” Duvall to serve as their new president, succeeding Bob Stallman who decided not to run for re-election after 16 years at the helm of the nation's largest farm organization.

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Scott VanderWal was elected vice president at the 97th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention

Duvall is a poultry, cattle and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia who served as president of the Georgia Farm Bureau for 9 years. He is the 12th president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

“We are American farmers and ranchers; the people that lead and feed and fuel the world,” Duvall said to AFBF members shortly after being elected. “I know you're proud of it, but it is a responsibility that comes to my shoulders that I want to carry each and every day realizing the burdens that you're carrying on your shoulders.”

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Duvall pledged to AFBF members that he would “fight for (their) freedoms” around the world through his service as AFBF president.

Scott VanderWal is a third-generation family farmer from Volga, South Dakota, and has been president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau since 2004. After being elected, he said he thinks Farm Bureau is “right on track as far as helping educate consumers and helping educate people that use our products,” but added that he is looking forward to doing more to advance the cause of food security as a national security concern.

Both men will serve two-year terms in their respective positions.

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