The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association elected and re-elected officers at the group’s 2014 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference.

Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers elect officersThese appointments were approved Jan. 9 at the conference:

Jamie Brannen, Statesboro-based salesman with Curry & Co., Brooks, Ore., president;

  • Charles Hart, manager of Fresh Plants Inc.-Green Bean Division, Americus, Ga., first vice president;
  • Duke Lane III, vice president of sales with Lane Packing LLC, Fort Valley, Ga.,second vice president;
  • Bill Brim, owner of Lewis Taylor Farms Inc., Tifton, Ga., secretary-treasurer.

The group also elected these new members:

  • Michael Bourton, director of farm operations for Superior Berries, Fargo, Ga.;
  • Kent Hamilton, president and chief executive officer of Southern Valley Fruit & Vegetable Inc., Norman Park, Ga.;
  • Aries Haygood, operations manager for M & T Farms, Lyons, Ga.

Other current board members:

  • Drew Echols, owner of Jaemar Farms, Alto, Ga.;
  • Kevin Hendrix, vice president of Hendrix Produce Inc., Metter, Ga.;
  • Adam Lytch, operations manager for Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Cos. Inc.;
  • Gibbs “Jaime” Patrick III, owner of Gibbs Patrick Farms Inc., Omega, Ga.;
  • Steve Sumner, owner of Sumner Farms, Omega; Ga.;
  • Darren Wheeler, regional farm manager for Grand Junction, Mich.-based MBG Marketing’s Alma, Ga., operation.

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by Eastern Editor Doug Ohlemeier