Senator David Perdue Congratulates Georgia’s Newly Elected President of the American Farm Bureau Federation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today delivered remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate congratulating Zippy Duvall of Greensboro, who recently became Georgia’s first president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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“Mr. President, we are celebrating a first in Georgia’s history.

Last week, our state’s farm bureau president, Zippy Duvall, was elected by the American Farm Bureau Federation to serve as its 12th president. I join my fellow Georgians in congratulating Zippy on this honor and look forward to working with him in this new role.

Zippy, as he is affectionately known, first became a member of the Farm Bureau in 1977. He is a third generation dairy farmer and currently maintains a beef cow herd and poultry production operation. To the Duvalls, farming is a business, a lifestyle, and a proud family tradition.

As a dairyman, Zippy is accustomed to hard work and he will be a tireless champion for the agricultural industry. He understands the importance of a safe and abundant food supply for consumers across our nation and globe.

Zippy traveled over 55,000 miles and visited 29 states to meet with Americans and discuss his vision for the future of American agriculture. He heard from farmers and ranchers across our country, just as we have in the Senate, that something has to be done to defend citizens against a runaway government.

From taking action against the EPA’s power grab of our nation’s water, to promoting a climate of abundant trade, and supporting a safety-net, not a guarantee to farm prices, to pursuing policies that enhance the availability and affordability of all energy resources, I am glad to know that Zippy Duvall will be leading in these and many more areas.

Agriculture is a strategic industry, not only for Georgia but also for our nation. I join our nation’s farmers and ranchers in the pursuit of a strong, safe, and abundant industry; our kids and grandkids depend on this. I am confident that with leaders like Zippy we can do this.

Congratulations to Zippy, his wife Bonnie, and the entire Duvall family as they begin this exciting chapter together. Not only is this election is a great victory for Georgia, but also for all of agriculture. I look forward to working with Zippy and the members of the American Farm Bureau Federation to promote a strong, safe, and abundant future in agriculture.”