About Our Association

The Georgia Pecan Growers association focuses on the research, marketing and education of Georgia grown pecans to both growers and consumers, domestically and internationally. Our members take pride in our pecans and our close-knit community of growers. By joining our association as a grower, supporter, or business, you’re helping promote Georgia Pecans and Georgia pecan growers. GPGA strives to serve the industry and meet the needs of our members. Whether you are a grower, sheller, supplier or consumer, we invite you to support the pecan industry in Georgia by joining the GPGA.

Georgia Pecan Growers Association

As the leading state in pecan production, the Georgia Pecan Growers Association (GPGA) has been supporting its members and promoting their pecans since 1985. The Georgia Pecan Growers Association supports growers in all aspects of marketing and education. The association also produces the industry’s leading magazine, The Pecan Grower magazine; Georgia Pecans, providing pecan growers, both domestic and international, with the latest research studies and industry news to help improve upon best practices in production and business. In efforts to continue to move the needle forward for Georgia pecans and new production methods, the GPGA collaborates closely with pecan specialists and horticulturalists across the country. The GPGA also works in tandem with Georgia’s Agricultural Commodity Commission for Pecans and Georgia’s Department of Agriculture to ensure Georgia’s pecan growers have the tools they need to be successful. Additionally, the GPGA collaborates with sister associations from other pecan growing states and the industry’s national organizations to further promote and market pecans.


Our Mission:

The Mission of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association is to encourage research, education, health benefits and promotion of all phases of production and marketing in the interest of our Pecan Growers in the increasing global market. Recognizing the contribution to the pecan industry made by other pecan organizations the Georgia Pecan Growers shall aid these organizations in every way possible.

Join Now

We are thrilled for the 2022 year! Below you will find a downloadable PDF with our 2022 Membership Packet that covers all of our GPGA Member Benefits! Join Us Today… we’d love to have you!

Benefits of Your Membership

  • GPGA provides multiple opportunities for members to improve upon production practices. Throughout the year, GPGA offers several Educational opportunities such as our Annual Conference, Annual Fall Field Day, county pecan production meetings, subscription to our information-packed The Pecan Grower magazine, e-newsletters, social media and a knowledgeable and friendly office staff.
  • GPGA serves as the Voice of the Industry through our Governmental Relations in Washington, DC and by providing Communications to all members through our website, online newsletter, The Pecan Grower magazine and social media.
  • GPGA strongly supports Research and Development in the pecan industry. We work closely with pecan research teams throughout the state to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information with our members about new pecan production practices.
  • Marketing Georgia Pecans to consumers is another benefit received through membership. Whether it’s a retail outlet, commercial operation or a pecan tree nursery, the GPGA works to connect your business with consumers to increase the demand and awareness for Georgia pecans.
  • Commercial Members: If you are a supporting business of Georgia pecan growers, there is something for you as well! By becoming a commercial member you are not only supporting our association, but you will also receive a free listing on our website for your business as a resource for our pecan growers!

Our Members

Commercial Member List

A1 Mist Sprayers
Dan Schweers

Able Ag Solutions, LLC
Pieter Booysen

ACETO Agricultural Chemical Corporation
J. W. Christiansen

Actagro LLC
Reese Martin

Sean Olivari

Ag Nutrients/Redox Chemicals
Chris Baker

Ag Technologies
Brent Davis


AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA
Jon Harris

Alltech Crop Science
Eric Waldo

Americus Realty-Century 21
Tommy McKenzie

AMVAC Chemical Corp.
Ricky Lord

David Liang
506 Stonegate Dr
Katy, TX 77494

APC Industries Company
Tony Albin

Apollo Pecan Nursey & Groves
Tim Brown

Arysta LifeSciences NA
Charles Lamb

Atwell Pecan Co., Inc.
Seaborn Dell

Avery Crop Insurance
Jeremy Ryan

Big John Manufacturing
Danny Sanders

Billy Black Real Estate
Billy Black

BioSafe Systems, LLC
Kaleb Tyrone

Stanley Kirby

Burch Corp.
Dan Pope

Calway Foods, Inc
Jack Huang
2005 De La Cruz Blvd., Suite 134
Santa Clara, California 95050
Fax: 408-496-6688

Carter Brothers Pecan Co.
Jonathan Arn

Chemical Containers, Inc
John Farrell

Corteva-DOW AgroSciences
Chip Giles

Diamond Foods LLC
Steve Zaffarano

Durand Wayland
Kyle Perry
101 Durand Rd
LaGrange, GA 30241
706-882-8161 ext. 173

Easterlin Pecan Co., Inc.
Will Easterlin

Farm Credit Associations of Georgia
Corey Cottle

Flint Ag & Turf

Flint EMC
David Yelton

Ganas Pecan Company & Ganas Pecan Farm
Garrett Ganas

Georgia Federal-State Inspection Service
Clint Faircloth

Cash Willis

Gibbs Pecan Company
Jane Long

Gillison's Variety Fab.
Graig Gillison
3033 Benzie Hwy
Benzonia Mi 49616

GlobeRunners, Inc.

Grey Dog Farms of Georgia, LLC
Steve Clausen

Good Hope Industries
Phillip Connell

Gowan USA, LLC
Korey Herrington
Sales Rep - southeast

Griffin's Warehouse Blackshear
Raymond Hester

Gulf Coast Bag, Inc.
Roger Rochman

Helena Chemical Co.
Wade Quattlebaum

Hudson Pecan Company, INC.
559 Vo Tech Dr
Ocilla, GA 31774

Hunt Advertising & Communications
Kelli Strickland 229-392-2353

Irrigation Supply USA, LLC.
Brian Blanchett, Diego Ledesma
Office: 229-513-1177
Mobile: 229-392-7305 (Brian)

Leah Simmons

Kinloch Plantation Pecan Oil
Tommy Hatfield
318 435-1455

Kitchen's Pecan Scouting, LLC
Billy Ray Kitchens

Lasseter Equipment Group
Judd Lasseter

Lineage Logistics
Van Griffin

LM Carter Manufacturing Co.
Joe Ford

Miller Chemical & Fertilizer
Darin Singleton

Nachurs Alpine Hal Russell

Nashville Bag Co., Inc.
David Taylor

Natural AG Solution
Timmy Mann

Natural Impressions
Harlo Lovett

Nichino America, Inc.
Wayne Brown

Mark Crawford

Nutrien – Americus
Ed Everette

Orchard-Rite/Pacific Dist. Inc
Shawn Miller

Pecan Cracker Repairs/Hatcher
Thomas Hatcher

Pecan Nut Busters, Inc.
Carleton Dailey

Peerless Manufacturing
Tracey Lumpkin

Josh Culpepper

Pitts Insurance Agency
Lisa McKinley

Plant Food Systems, Inc.
Gary Veal

Planters First
Eli Tinsley

Priester’s Pecans, Inc.
Thomas Ellis
-334-227-4301 (O), 334-657-3222 (C)

Prudential Agricultural Investments
Josh Culpepper

Quest Products LLC.
Reliant Fungicide
Jeff Hunter

R W Griffin Industries
Randy Gay

Roland, Abbott & Dezoort Insurance
Louis Abbott

Sanders Chemical Co.
Catherine Melton

Savage of Georgia
Billy Brown

Shiloh Pecan Farms - Nursery
Ray City, GA
Mark Worthy 229-300-4867
Buck Paulk 229-300-3400

Simpson Nurseries
Fred Beshears

Solera Larry Worn
229-921- 6229

South Georgia Banking Company
Sam McCard

Southwest Georgia Farm Credit, ACA
Kathy Foreman

Stone Mountain Pecan
Robby Coker / Chris Coker
1781 U.S. Hwy 78
Monroe, GA

Sumner Ag Services Inc.
David Sumner

Specialty Crop Trade Council
Erika Montoya

Summit Agro
David Cole

Summit Gold
Kenny Neel

Lyle Stewart

Synovus Bank
Clint Hood
Agriculture & Timber Division

Teleos Ag Solutions
Justin Harrison

Text TEP, Inc.
Jason Ward

The Pecan Life
Janel Bailey
756 Jones Road
Byron, GA 31008

The Peed Company
Seth Peed

Tillman Insurance Agency, Inc.
Dan Tillman

TOL Incorporated
Scott Hermann

Triangle Chemical Co.
Mark Hawke

TWC Distributors
Ronnie Chandler

TriEst Ag Group, Inc
Perry Fuller

Valent USA
David Yoder
25047 N.E. Grady Tew Rd
Altha, FL 32421
John V Altom
4503 NW 186 Street
Newberry, FL 32669

Vann Farms Pecan Nursery
Scott Vann
8602 US Hwy 19
Baconton, GA 31716

Weiss McNair
Fred Corona Director of Sales and Marketing
530-891-6214  x219


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Miley Adams

Camilla, GA 31730
Home: 229-328-7700

Vice President

Chris Clough

Clough Pecan Co.
Blackshear, GA 31516
Cell: 912-288-1947


Garrett Ganas

Ganas Pecan Farm
Waycross, GA 31503
Cell: 912-288-3264

Executive Director
Samantha McLeod

Tifton, GA 31794
Office: 229-382-2187
Cell: 229-402-3106

Jim Buchanan

Buchanan Farms Inc.
Americus, GA 31719
Cell: 229-938-7310

Marianne Brown

Leesburg, GA 31763
Cell: 229-886-0389

Rob Cohen

Bainbridge, GA 39818

Kyle Durrence

Durden Pecan Co.
Reidsville, GA 30453
Home: 912-557-6115
Cell: 912-237-0105

Slade Ellis

Ellis Farms LLC
Vienna, GA 31092
Cell: 229-268-9041

James Exum

Exum Pecans
Quitman, GA 31643
Home: 229-561-2671
Cell: 229-775-2234

Scott Hudson

Hudson Pecan Co.
529 VoTech Dr
Ocilla, GA 31774-3641
Cell: 229-425-1130

Lawton Pearson

Pearson Farm
Fort Valley, GA
Cell: 478-952-1906

Jesse Thompson

Triple J Farms
Leesburg, GA 31763
Cell: 229-392-2445



Will Easterlin

Easterlin Pecan Company
Montezuma, GA 31063

Mark Hawke

Oakland Meadows Business Park
Leesburg, GA 31673

Mike Horne

Andersonville, GA 31711

RG Lamar

Lamar Pecan Co.
Hawkinsville, GA 31036
Office: 478-230-8065

GA Pecan Horticulturist
Dr. Lenny Wells


Meet The Staff


Samantha McLeod

Executive Director & Editor of The Pecan Grower magazine since February 2017

Samantha joined the GPGA staff as Executive Director in February of 2017, following her passion of supporting farmers and being an advocate for agriculture. Prior to GPGA, Samantha worked for Case IH Agriculture for 5 years, first in a Commercial Rotational Development program, then as a Commercial Product Trainer, and finally as the Southeastern Crop Production Sales Specialist representing the manufacturer’s line-up of planters, seeding, and tillage equipment across seven states.

Outside of GPGA, Samantha is happily married to Robert McLeod III and lives just outside of Tifton, GA. Together they have two beautiful boys, Arlan (3) and Curtis (1) and enjoy running their small herd of Registered Black Angus cattle and helping out on the family’s farm.


Sheila Harnage

Finance since January 2013

Originally from Omega, Georgia, Sheila graduated from Tift County High School in 1985 and then went on to graduate from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, located in Tifton, Georgia in 1987. She went back to school to obtain a degree in Accounting from Moultrie Technical College in 2012. Prior to coming onboard with GPGA, Sheila homeschooled her 4 children from 1991 until 2013 from kindergarten through their graduation.

Outside of GPGA Sheila is happily married to Scot Harnage. The two share four children and two step grandchildren. Sheila is actively involved in her church and loves to spend time with family.


Amy Howell

Grants Coordinator & Copy Editor for The Pecan Grower magazine since 2014

A native of Tifton, Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree and Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining the GPGA team, Amy worked at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College for 5 years and, prior to that, lived and worked in Atlanta for 8 years in both state government and the private sector.

Outside of GPGA Amy and her husband, Courtney, have three children and are active in their schools, church and community.


Andrew McBrayer

Graphic Design & Photography since 2016

Andrew, Tifton, GA native, graduated from Tift County High School in spring of 2018. He is currently a full time staff member here at GPGA where he focuses mainly on our bi-monthly magazine, The Pecan Grower. As well, Andrew is heavily involved in photography, spending much of his time photographing pecans around the state of Georgia. He plans to attend the University of Alabama in the Fall of 2021, furthering his education.

Outside of GPGA Andrew loves to travel. Some of his favorite trips to date are Southern California and New York City, New York. When he isn’t on weekend trips, he loves spending time with his 6 year old niece. Andrew owns a photography business, Andrew E. McBrayer Photography, which he opened in late 2017, where he focuses on families, portraits and landscape photography.


Mary Mikelyn Bruorton

Communication & Events Coordinator

Originally from Homerville, Georgia, Bruorton attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) for a year and a half before transferring to the University of Georgia Tifton. During her time in college, she completed an internship with Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, where she was the marketing and communications intern.  She also worked under Dr. Johnathan Oliver, researching Xylella on various blueberry varieties. Bruorton graduated in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from the University of Georgia. She serves as GPGA’s Communication and Events Coordinator.

Prior to joining GPGA in August of 2021, Bruorton was an Outreach Specialist for the Produce Safety Department with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Mary Mikelyn joined the GPGA staff in August 2021, where she wanted to continue her career in supporting and advocating for both Georgia farmers and Georgia pecans.

Outside of GPGA, she is active in church and loves spending time with her family and dog, Reese. Bruorton has always been an active member of the agricultural industry and by joining GPGA, wanted to continue her career in supporting and advocating for both Georgia farmers and Georgia pecans. Growing up and working within the blueberry industry on a farm and packaging facility, Bruorton knew that she wanted to advocate for American farmers and be a part of the agricultural industry. She says that she owes her love and passion for agriculture to her father, Mike Bruorton, and values the loving support in her endeavors from her mother, Beverly Bruorton.


Meredith Lauren McGlamory

Public Relations & Special Projects Coordinator

Meredith McGlamory grew up and still resides in Abbeville, Georgia. She graduated with honors in May from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC), with a b achelor’s degree in Agricultural Communication. McGlamory graduated with honors and received the 2021 ABAC Alumni Association Award as the top graduate. She also served ABAC as a School of Agricultural and Natural Resource (SANR) Leader.

During her time at ABAC, McGlamory interned with Bayer Crop Science as a field research and development assistant where she worked with various crops for experimental test plots. She was also a student worker at the UGA Tifton Campus where she worked in Plant Pathology for Dr. Bob Kemerait. In 2019, McGlamory was selected as the Georgia Watermelon Association ambassador and spent the entire year traveling to cities throughout Georgia and the nation promoting the watermelon industry.

McGlamory loves to travel and learn new things and participated in ABAC’s Study Abroad Program to Belize during her time as a student. She has also has been on a mission trip to Bolivia where she shared the gospel to tribes in the jungle.

During her free time, you can find her at her family’s farm helping out with their 350 head of beef cattle or riding her horse. If she is not doing that, she is spending time with her family and friends or playing with her dog, Essie.

Meredith joined the GPGA staff as the Public Relations & Special Projects Coordinator in August 2021, where she wants to support and advocate for Georgia farmers and help advance the Georgia pecan industry.


Charley Lollis

Communications & Events Intern

Lollis serves as Communications and Events intern while completing her senior at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) studying Agricultural Communications and Agribusiness. Originally from Perry, Georgia, is an honor student and Chair of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources Leader program. Lollis is President of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Club, and active in Sigma Alpha, a professional agricultural sorority.

Before beginning in August with GPGA, Lollis worked for Georgia’s Rural Center as a communications intern. She has also served on the Media Team with Sunbelt Ag Expo for the past three years.

Lollis has a passion for connecting rural farmers with urban consumers through effective communication. When not busy with school or GPGA, Lollis enjoys traveling, cooking, or spending time with her Australian shepherd, Zuke.

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