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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.

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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

Able Ag Solutions, LLC
Pieter Booysen
904-417-3188

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

Ag Nutrients
Bryan Peters

AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA
Jon Harris
844-AGSOUTH

Ag South
Sandra Meeks

Ag Technologies
Brent Davis

American Thermal Systems
Clyde Walker

AMVT LLC
David Liang
506 Stonegate Dr
Katy, TX 77494
281-506-2430

APC Industries Company
Tony Albin
909-545-5054

Apollo Pecan Nursey & Groves
Tim Brown
941-266-6691

Avery Crop Insurance
Jeremy Ryan
229-243-7216

Bell Irrigation Pipe & Supply
John Bell

Bergen AG Innovations, Inc.
Andres Bergen

Bowsmith
Stanley Kirby

Burch Corp.
Dan Pope
205-201-3807

Brandt Consolidated, Inc.
Laurabeth Gamache

Bridge Import Group
Jay Fentress
Boston, MA 52265

Carden & Assoc.
Rick Lear

Burnett Irrigation Inc.
Lee Burnett

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

Collins Irrigation, Inc.
John Collins

Complete Resource Management
Whitcomb Barnhill III

Corteva
Jared Walls-Tifton
Whitney Murphy-Statesboro

Corteva-DOW AgroSciences
Chip Giles
229-392-4653

Cromartie Ag Company, Inc.
Drew Cromartie

Draffin & Tucker, LLP
Miles Espy

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

Easterlin Pecan Co., Inc.
Will Easterlin
478-244-9812

Farm Credit Associations of Georgia
Corey Cottle
800-768-FARM

Flint EMC
Mathew Denton

Fin & Feathers/Brinson Farms
Marx Gaines

FMC
Cynthia Kurtz

Frank Wetherbee Farms, LLC
Frank Wetherbee, Jr.

Georgia Farm Bureau
Raynor Churchwell

GESAR Inc.
Cash Willis
470-440-1114

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

Goff Pecan Consulating, Inc.
Bill Goff

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

Haifa North America
Kelvin Stokes

Horne Pecan Company
Mike Horne

Howhum Nurseries
David Simpson

ICL Fertilizer
Hal Russell

Irrigation-Mart
Leah Simmons
318-255-1832

Jim Jordan Farm, Inc.
Hope J Oliver

J & A Construction
Jesse Connell

Kinloch Plantation Pecan Oil
Tommy Hatfield
318 435-1455

Kitchen's Pecan Scouting, LLC
Billy Ray Kitchens

Modern Electronics & Equipment
Staten Oliver

Moses Pecan
Taylor Booth Moses

Nashville Bag Company
David Taylor

Native Earth, LLC
Chris W Wilson

Nelson Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Mike Estes\Jim Bennett

Nichino America, Inc.
Wayne Brown
229-456-2082

Nilo Plantation
Garrett Jones

NIPAN LLC
Mark Crawford
229-460-5922

NuFarm Americas
Brad Lang

Oro Agri
Brent Sapp

Oklief LLC/CR Manufacturing
Chris Whiting

PGF Operating, LLC
rubi@pecangrovefarms.com

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

Pitts Insurance Agency
Lisa McKinley
229-648-6496

PBM Supply & Mfg.
Zack Stephens

Planters First
Eli Tinsley

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

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

Rain Bird Corporation
Mike Jacobson

Renfroe Pecan Co.
Geoff Hamil

Southeast Pecan Company
Garland Nessmith

Stuckey's Corporation
Stephanie Stuckey

Syngenta
Lyle Stewart

Savage of Georgia
Billy Brown
229-787-5115

Simpson Nurseries
Fred Beshears

SCP Distributors (TWC Distributors)
Kevin Milligan

Southern Ag & Insurance Services
Mark Cox

Sipcam Agro USA, Inc.
Larry Worn

Southern Agri-Gro, LLC
Zac Zschiesche

SouthWest Georgia Farm Credit
Anna Kinchen

Solera Larry Worn
229-921- 6229

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

Summit Agro
David Cole
941-456-0110

SVN Saunders
Ralston
Dantzler Real Estate
Dan Brooks

TRC Partners
Tim Martel

The Peed Company
Seth Peed

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

The Irrigation Store, Inc.
Stacie Hiers

Tidewater
Robert McLeod

Teleos Ag Solutions
Justin Harrison
229-326-5861

TriEst Ag Group - Greenville
Lauren Roberson

Triangle Chemical Co.
Mark Hawke
229-344-6508

TOL Incorporated
Scott Hermann

UPL-LTD
Richard Royal

VICAM, A Waters Business
Lanny Smith

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

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

Womack Nursery
Larry Womack

W. G. Hamil, LLC
Michael Hamil

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

WiseConn Engineering
Brock Ponder/Sarge Pachero

 
 

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

Marianne Brown

Leesburg, GA 31763
Cell: 229-886-0389

Executive Director
Samantha McLeod

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

Cason Anderson

CCA Pecan
Kathleen, GA
478-952-2875

Jim Buchanan

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

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

Scott Hudson

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

Arren Moses

Moses Pecan Company
575 Conner Rd
Uvalda, GA 30473
912-594-6975

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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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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