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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.

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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 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
877-924-2474
www.mistsprayers.com

Able Ag Solutions, LLC
Pieter Booysen
904-417-3188
www.ableagsolutions.com 

ACETO Agricultural Chemical Corporation
J. W. Christiansen
229-343-4035
www.aceto.com

Ag Technologies
Brent Davis
877-585-4477
agtechnologies.com

AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA
Jon Harris
844-AGSOUTH
www.agsouthfc.com

AMVAC Chemical Corp.
Ricky Lord
www.amvac.com

AMVT LLC
David Liang
506 Stonegate Dr
Katy, TX 77494
281-506-2430
www.amvt.net

APC Industries Company
Tony Albin
909-545-5054
www.apcbearings.com

Apollo Pecan Nursey & Groves
Tim Brown
941-266-6691
www.apollopecannursery.com

Arysta LifeSciences NA
Charles Lamb
www.arysta-na.com/us

Avery Crop Insurance
Jeremy Ryan
229-243-7216
business.bainbridgegachamber.com

Big John Manufacturing
Danny Sanders
www.bigjohnmfg.com

Almond Street Cold Storage
Kay See

Agri Technovation
Dirk Barnard

American Thermal Systems
Clyde Walker

Bergen AG Innovations, Inc.
Andres Bergen

BioSafe Systems, LLC
Kaleb Tyrone
919-214-1533
BioSafeSystems.com

Bowsmith
Stanley Kirby
www.bowsmith.com

Burch Corp.
Dan Pope
205-201-3807
burchcorp.com

Brandt Consolidated, Inc.
Laurabeth Gamache

Burnett Irrigation Inc.
Lee Burnett

Carden & Assoc.
Rick Lear

Calway Foods, Inc
Jack Huang
2005 De La Cruz Blvd., Suite 134
Santa Clara, California 95050
408-423-9138
510-877-6768
Fax: 408-496-6688
jackh@calwayfoods.com
www.calwayfoods.com

Carlton Appraisal Company
Bill Carlton

Central Life Sciences
Rodney Morrow

Charles Andrew & Son, Inc.
Charles Andrew

CJB Applied Technologies
James Jefiles

Coit and Hewes,  LLC
Leroy Hewes

Collins Irrigation, Inc.
John Collins

Complete Carriers
Whitcomb Barnhill III

Corteva
Jared Walls-Tifton
Whitney Murphy-Statesboro

Cromartie Ag Company, Inc.
Drew Cromartie

Carter Brothers Pecan Co.
Jonathan Arn
www.carterpecan.com

Chemical Containers, Inc
John Farrell
www.chemicalcontainers.com

Corteva-DOW AgroSciences
Chip Giles
229-392-4653
www.corteva.us

Durand Wayland
Kyle Perry
101 Durand Rd
LaGrange, GA 30241
706-882-8161 ext. 173
706-577-4774

Denham, Edwards & Foshee Insurance
William Edwards

Draffin & Tucker, LLP
Miles Espy

Drexel Chemical Company
Tanner Cook

Elwood Waites Insurance
Elwood Waites

Easterlin Pecan Co., Inc.
Will Easterlin
478-244-9812
www.easterlinpecan.com/index.html

Farm Credit Associations of Georgia
Corey Cottle
800-768-FARM
www.georgiafarmcredit.com

Flint Ag & Turf
www.flintequipco.com

Flint EMC
Mathew Denton
www.flintenergies.com

Fin & Feathers/Brinson Farms
Marx Gaines

FMC
Cynthia Kurtz

Forquimica Corp
Fernando Silva

Frank Wetherbee Farms, LLC
Frank Wetherbee, Jr.

Georgia Federal-State Inspection Service
Clint Faircloth
www.gafsis.com

GESAR Inc.
Cash Willis
470-440-1114
www.gesarrobots.com

Gillison's Variety Fab.
Graig Gillison
3033 Benzie Hwy
Benzonia Mi 49616
800-392-6059
231-383-0005

Griffin's Warehouse Blackshear
Raymond Hester
rwgriffin.com

Georgia Farm Bureau
Raynor Churchwell

Goff Pecan Consulating, Inc.
Bill Goff

Gulf Coast Bag, Inc.
Roger Rochman
281-556-8500
www.gulfcoastbag.com

Hancock Bank
Ben Lee

Calway Foods
Jack Huang

Howhum Nurseries
David Simpson

Irrigation-Mart
Leah Simmons
318-255-1832
https://www.irrigation-mart.com/

J & A Construction
Jesse Connell

Jim Jordan Farm, Inc.
Hope J Oliver

Kitchen's Pecan Scouting, LLC
Billy Ray Kitchens

Kinloch Plantation Pecan Oil
Tommy Hatfield
318 435-1455
www.pecanoil.com

Linwood Nursery
Patty Baskin

Lasseter Equipment Group
Judd Lasseter
www.lassetereq.com

Lineage Logistics
Van Griffin
lineagelogistics.com

McKenzie Agency
Tommy McKenzie
478-957-6465
www.americusareamls.com

Miller Chemical & Fertilizer
Darin Singleton
www.millerchemical.com

Maxijet, Inc.
Samuel S. Thayer

McKenzie, Thomas
Thomas McKenzie

Modern Electronics & Equipment
Staten Oliver

Moses Pecan
Taylor Booth Moses

Moss Adams
David Bohl

Native Earth, LLC
Chris W Wilson

Nelson Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Mike Estes\Jim Bennett

Nilo Plantation
Garrett Jones

Nachurs Alpine Hal Russell
www.nachurs-alpine.com

Natural AG Solution
Timmy Mann

Nichino America, Inc.
Wayne Brown
229-456-2082
www.nichino.net

NIPAN LLC
Mark Crawford
229-460-5922
nickelplus.biz

NovaSource
Justin Powell

NuFarm Americas
Brad Lang

Oklief LLC/CR Manufacturing
Chris Whiting

Oro Agri
Brent Sapp

Pecan Nut Busters, Inc.
Carleton Dailey
www.pecannutbusters.com

Peerless Manufacturing
Tracey Lumpkin
www.peerlessmfg.cc

PGIM
Josh Culpepper
407-649-2197
pgimref.com/real-estate-finance/index.shtml

Pitts Insurance Agency
Lisa McKinley
229-648-6496

PBM Supply & Mfg.
Zack Stephens

PGF Operating, LLC
rubi@pecangrovefarms.com

Power Yield Plus
Joseph Schillmoeller

Prudential Agricultural Investments
Josh Culpepper

Plant Food Systems, Inc.
Gary Veal
229-425-1407
www.plantfoodsystems.com

Planters First
Eli Tinsley
bankpfb.com

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

Quest Products LLC.
Reliant Fungicide
Jeff Hunter
941-735-0232
jhunter.quest@gmail.com

Renfroe Pecan Co.
Geoff Hamil

R W Griffin Industries
Randy Gay
rwgriffin.com

Savage of Georgia
Billy Brown
229-787-5115
www.savageequipment.com

Simpson Nurseries
Fred Beshears
simpsonnurseries.co

SCP Distributors (TWC Distributors)
Kevin Milligan

Sipcam Agro USA, Inc.
Larry Worn

Southern Ag & Insurance Services
Mark Cox

Southern Agri-Gro, LLC
Zac Zschiesche

Solera Larry Worn
229-921- 6229
www.solerasd.com

Stone Mountain Pecan
Robby Coker / Chris Coker
1781 U.S. Hwy 78
Monroe, GA
770-207-6486

Sumner Ag Services Inc.
David Sumner
www.sumnerag.com

Summit Agro
David Cole
941-456-0110
www.summitagro-usa.com

Syngenta
Lyle Stewart
www.syngenta.com

Synovus Bank
Clint Hood
Agriculture & Timber Division
888-796-6887

Stoller
Jeremy Green

Stuckey's Corporation
Stephanie Stuckey

The Irrigation Store, Inc.
Stacie Hiers

Tidewater
Robert McLeod

Teleos Ag Solutions
Justin Harrison
229-326-5861
teleosag.com

The Pecan Life
Janel Bailey
756 Jones Road
Byron, GA 31008
478-747-5137
www.thepecanlife.com

Tri-County Ag Services LLC(RW Griffin)
Eddie Sholar

TriEst Ag Group - Greenville
Lauren Roberson

TriEst Ag Group, Inc
Perry Fuller

The Peed Company
Seth Peed

TriEst Ag Group, Inc
Perry Fuller
triestag.com/home/triest-home.php

Tillman Insurance Agency, Inc.
Dan Tillman
229-242-5319
www.tia-ins.com

TOL Incorporated
Scott Hermann
www.tol-inc.com

Triangle Chemical Co.
Mark Hawke
229-344-6508
www.trianglecc.com

UPL-LTD
Richard Royal

Valent USA
David Yoder
25047 N.E. Grady Tew Rd
Altha, FL 32421
850-377-8137
John V Altom
4503 NW 186 Street
Newberry, FL 32669
352-316-1366

Valent/ David Yoder
David Yoder

VICAM, A Waters Business
Lanny Smith

Weiss McNair
Fred Corona Director of Sales and Marketing
530-891-6214  x219
www.weissmcnair.com

Walker Rhodes Tractor Co
Foster Rhodes

Walthall Oil Company
Allison Walthall

Waters Agricultural Lab, Inc.
Jarrell D. Cooper

WECO The Science of Optical Sorting
Eric Horner

Whaley Pecan Co., Inc.
Bob Whaley

WiseConn Engineering
Brock Ponder/Sarge Pachero

Womack Nursery
Larry Womack

Xylem Dewatering Solutions, Inc.
Michael Sturgill

 
 
 

Board of Directors


Board of Directors

President
Miley Adams

Camilla, GA 31730
Home: 229-328-7700

Vice President

Chris Clough

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

Treasurer

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
229-726-2621

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

 
 
 

Advisors

Will Easterlin

Easterlin Pecan Company
Montezuma, GA 31063
478-472-7731

Mark Hawke

Oakland Meadows Business Park
Leesburg, GA 31673
229-432-7400

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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