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 has been supporting its members and promoting their pecans since 1965. GPGA supports growers in all aspects of marketing and education. The Association also produces the industry’s leading magazine, The Pecan Grower, which provides pecan growers, both domestic and international, with the latest research studies and industry news to help improve 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.

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We are thrilled for the 2024 year! Below you will find a downloadable PDF with our 2024 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

Pieter Booysen

Sean Olivari

Ag America Lending
Ethan Cooper

AG Georgia Farm Credit
Corey Cottle

Ag Nutrients
Bryan Peters

Ag South
Sandra Meeks

Ag Technologies
Brent Davis

Brent Davis

David Liang
506 Stonegate Dr
Katy, TX 77494

APC Industries Company
Tony Albin

Apollo Pecan Nursey & Groves
Tim Brown

Avery Crop Insurance
Jeremy Ryan

Bag Supply Company, Inc.
John Lonza
126 Park Avenue
Moody, AL 35004

Bell Irrigation Pipe & Supply
John Bell

Bergen AG Innovations, Inc.
Andres Bergen

Stanley Kirby

Burch Corp.
Dan Pope

Carden & Assoc.
Rick Lear

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

Collins Irrigation, Inc.
John Collins

Cromartie Ag Company, Inc.
Drew Cromartie

Deer Run Investments
Mack Kimbrel

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

Easterlin Pecan Co., Inc.
Will Easterlin

Forquimica Corp
Fernando Silva

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

Good Hope Industries
Phillip Connell

Greenpoint Ag
Staci Howell

Grosch Irrigation
Greg Grosch

Gulf Coast Bag, Inc.
Roger Rochman

Haifa North America
Kelvin Stokes

Horne Pecan Company
Kimberly H Folmar/Kelly H. Zegalia
1305 Southerfield Rd
Americus, GA 31719

Howhum Nurseries
David Simpson

ICL Fertilizer
Hal Russell

Leah Simmons

J. Brock Consulting, LLC
Jason Brock

Kinloch Plantation Pecan Oil
Tommy Hatfield
318 435-1455

Kitchen's Pecan Scouting, LLC
Billy Ray Kitchens

Mason Tractor Company
Brittany Shaddix

Native Earth, LLC
Chris W Wilson

Natural Impressions
Harlo Lovett

Navarro Pecan Company
John Hutchens
Mary Magers
R J Sikes

Nichino America, Inc.
Wayne Brown

Mark Crawford

NuFarm Americas
Brad Lang

Oklief LLC/CR Manufacturing
Chris Whiting

Orchard Machinery Corporation
Brian Anderson

Plant Food Systems, Inc.
Blake McCranie

Pitts Insurance Agency
Lisa McKinley

Planters First
Eli Tinsley

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

Rabo Agrifinance
Ashley Swanson

Rain Bird Corporation
Mike Jacobson

Reveam, Inc.
Chip Starns
Michael Young

Riden Soil & Fertility
Garret Riden

Savage of Georgia
Billy Brown

Southern Ag & Insurance Services
Mark Cox

Southern Agri-Gro, LLC
Zac Zschiesche

SouthWest Georgia Farm Credit
Liz Nogowski

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

Summit Agro
David Cole

SVN Saunders
Dantzler Real Estate
Dan Brooks

TRC Partners
Tim Martel

The Peed Company
Seth Peed

The Irrigation Store, Inc.
Stacie Hiers

Teleos Ag Solutions
Justin Harrison

Tri-County Ag Services LLC (RW Griffin)
Patrick Golden

TriEst Ag Group - Greenville
Lauren Roberson

Triangle Chemical Co.
Mark Hawke

TOL Incorporated
Scott Hermann

VICAM, A Waters Business
Lanny Smith

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

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

W. G. Hamil, LLC
Michael Hamil

Walthall Oil Company
Allison Walthall

Waters Agricultural Lab, Inc.
Jarrell D. Cooper

WECO The Science of Optical Sorting
Eric Horner

WiseConn Engineering
Brock Ponder/Sarge Pachero

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Chris Clough

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

Vice President
Marianne Brown

Leesburg, GA 31763
Cell: 229-886-0389

Arren Moses

Moses Pecan Company
575 Conner Rd
Uvalda, GA 30473

Executive Director
Mary Mikelyn Bruorton

Tifton, GA  31793
Cell: 912-520-0744

Miley Adams

Camilla, GA 31730
Home: 229-328-7700

Cason Anderson

CCA Pecan
Kathleen, GA

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

Bert Hiley

Fort Valley, GA 31030
Cell: 478-955-7435

Michael Horne Jr.

Horne Pecan Company
Andersonville, GA 31711
Cell: 229-942-2135

Scott Hudson

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

Kirk Law

Chula, GA 31733
Cell: 229-392-4362



Will Easterlin

Easterlin Pecan Company
Montezuma, GA 31063

Mark Hawke

Oakland Meadows Business Park
Leesburg, GA 31673

RG Lamar

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

GA Pecan Horticulturist
Dr. Lenny Wells

Meet The Staff


Mary Mikelyn Bruorton

Executive Director

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 served as the GPGA's Communication and Events Coordinator from August of 2021 to February of 2024.

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.


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.

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Georgia Pecan Growers Association

220 East Second St, Suite A
(P.O. Box 1367)
Tifton, Georgia 31794
Phone: 229-382-2187
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