Georgia Farm Bureau members in the organization's Middle Georgia Region recently re-elected Robert Fountain Jr. of Emanuel County to represent their region on the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors for another three-year term.
The election was held Dec. 8 during the 78th Annual Georgia Farm Bureau Convention on Jekyll Island. The GFB Middle Georgia Region is comprised of 56 counties in the mid-part of the state running from the Alabama to the South Carolina state lines. Fountain has held the position since 2009 and previously held the position from 1997 to 2006. He has served on numerous GFB administrative advisory committees. He has served as the Emanuel County Farm Bureau president since 2004 and previously served as vice president and county director. He has also served on the GFB hay and beef commodity advisory committees.
He is the third generation to own the family's farm located in Emanuel and Johnson counties. Fountain raises cattle, hay, timber, small grains and pecans.
In addition to Farm Bureau, Fountain is an active member of numerous other agricultural organizations including the Georgia Cattlemen's Association, for which he served as president from 2001-2002. Since 2002 Fountain has represented Georgia Farm Bureau on the Georgia Beef Board. He is currently serving a third, three-year term on the national Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) at the appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
He is also a member of the CBB Executive Committee and has served on numerous committees for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Fountain earned his B.B.A. in management and agricultural economics and his M.B.A. in management and finance. He is a member of Adrian United Methodist Church where he teaches Sunday school and serves as treasurer and chairman of the church administrative board.
Founded in 1937, the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm organization. The organization has 158 county chapters.