George Jeffcoat, a row crop farmer from Gordon, was elected Southeast Area vice president of the Alabama Farmers Federation at the organization’s 91st annual meeting in Montgomery, Dec. 3.
Jeffcoat, who is president of the Houston County Farmers Federation, has a long history of service to the Farmers Federation. He was a Federation state board member from 2002-2005 and is a former chairman of the National Peanut Board.
The Southeast Area vice president’s seat includes Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Coffee, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Macon, Pike, Russell and Tallapoosa counties. Jeffcoat was elected for a two-year term.
The 63-year-old Jeffcoat farms 2,500 acres of row crops consisting of cotton, peanuts, corn and wheat. He said he is privileged to be part of an organization that helps give farmers strength.
“The Alabama Farmers Federation allows farmers the opportunity to network with other farmers to collectively develop a strong voice for agriculture in the state,” Jeffcoat said. “Through educational opportunities such as commodity seminars and tours, the Federation has enhanced the profitability of Alabama farmers.”
Jeffcoat’s affiliation with farm organizations extends beyond the Alabama Farmers Federation. He is a former Alabama Cotton Commission board member, currently serves on the executive committee of the Alabama Peanut Producers board and is a board member of the Ashford Farmers Co-op . He is a former president of the National Peanut Festival and served on the Houston County Farm-City Steering Committee.
Jeffcoat is a fifth-generation farmer, and his success in agriculture has not gone unnoticed. He was the Alabama Peanut Club winner for three consecutive years beginning in 1973. In 1991, his family was named the Houston County Outstanding Farm Family, and in 2002, they were named Ashford Farm Family of the Year.
Jeffcoat’s farm was the district winner for Alabama Farm of Distinction in 2007.
Jeffcoat and his wife, Gloria, attend First United Methodist Church of Dothan. They have three children and five grandchildren.
Gloria formerly served as chairman of the Alabama Farmers Federation State Women’s Leadership Committee.