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We are thrilled for the 2021 year! Below you will find a downloadable PDF with our 2021 Membership Packet that covers all of our GPGA Member Benefits! Join Us Today… we’d love to have you!

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.

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!

Commercial Member List

A1 Mist Sprayers
Dan Schweers
(877) 924-2474

Able Ag Solutions, LLC
Pieter Booysen

ACETO Agricultural Chemical Corporation
J. W. Christiansen

Actagro LLC
Reese Martin
(559) 369-2222

Sean Olivari

Ag Nutrients/Redox Chemicals
Chris Baker

Ag Technologies
Bill Barber


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
(706) 547-2554

Avery Crop Insurance
Jeremy Ryan

Big John Manufacturing
Danny Sanders

Billy Black Real Estate
Billy Black

Stanley Kirby

Burch Corp.
Dan Pope

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
(912) 284-9599

Georgia Federal-State Inspection Service
Clint Faircloth

Gibbs Pecan Company
Jane Long

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

GlobeRunners, Inc.
(760) 710-2555

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
(281) 556-8500

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)

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.
Heath West

Miller Chemical & Fertilizer
Darin Singleton

Nachurs Alpine Hal Russell

Nashville Bag Co., Inc.
David Taylor
(229) 686-5155

Natural AG Solution
Timmy Mann

Natural Impressions
Harlo Lovett
(229) 392-2713

Mark Crawford
(229) 460-5922

Nichino America, Inc.
Wayne Brown

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
(407) 649-2197

Pitts Insurance Agency
Lisa McKinley
(229) 648-6496

Plant Food Systems, Inc.
Gary Veal
(229) 425-1407

Planters First
Eli Tinsley

Priester’s Pecans, Inc.
Thomas Ellis
(334) 227.4301 (O), (334) 657.3222 (C)

Prudential Agricultural Investments
Josh Culpepper

R W Griffin Industries
Randy Gay

Roland, Abbott & Dezoort Insurance
Louis Abbott

Sanders Chemical Co.
Catherine Melton

Savage of Georgia
Billy Brown
(229) 787-5115

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 Gold
Kenny Neel

Lyle Stewart

Text TEP, Inc.
Jason Ward

The Peed Company
Seth Peed

Tillman Insurance Agency, Inc.
Dan Tillman
(229) 242-5319

Triangle Chemical Co.
Mark Hawke

TriEst Ag Group, Inc
Perry Fuller

TWC Distributors
Ronnie Chandler

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

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.

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 was born and raised on a farm outside of Barnesville, Minnesota (20 miles Southeast of Fargo, North Dakota) raising beef cattle (purebred Shorthorns) and row crops (sugar beets, corn, beans & wheat). Samantha graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics (Ag. Business) with emphasis in Animal Science and Leadership. Samantha began her career working for Case IH Agriculture in Racine, Wisconsin immediately after graduation and moved south in 2015, taking the roll as the Southeastern Crop Production Sales Specialist representing the company’s line-up of planters, seeding, and tillage equipment. Samantha joined the GPGA staff as Executive Director in February of 2017 following her passion of supporting farmers and staying in agriculture.

Outside of GPGA Samantha is happily married to Robert McLeod with one son, Arlan, and they raise registered Black Angus Cattle together on their farm. They also have nearly 20 pecan trees and one day hope to expand.


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 and Photography since 2016

Andrew, Tifton, GA native, graduated from Tift County High School in spring 2018. He is currently enrolled at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, located in Tifton, GA. He plans to transfer to the University of Georgia after graduating from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with his 2-year degree.

Outside of GPGA Andrew is actively involved with Student Alumni Council at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, where he helps to coordinate between alumnus and the current staff/students. Outside of school, Andrew owns a photography business, Andrew E. McBrayer Photography, which he opened in late 2017, where he focuses on senior and family portraits.


Nicole Taylor

Events and Education Manager since 2018

Nicole, a Tifton native, graduated from Tift County Highschool in 2017. She attended Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College for two years before transferring to the University of Georgia. Nicole graduated in December 2019 with a Bachelor's in Agriculture Education and Leadership at the University of Georgia. Nicole joined the GPGA staff in January 2018 to gain experience in agriculture and to share her love for pecans and their importance to Georgia Agriculture.

Outside of GPGA, Nicole is an active alumni member for the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. She recently got engaged and will be married on October 10th. Both her and her future husband, Tristan, share a love of the outdoors and agriculture. She credits her Dad, Del Taylor, in giving her a passion for agriculture as well as her Mom and sister for helping support all her endeavors.

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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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