The Commodity Ex- Officio Committee reappointed three members to the Georgia Cotton Commission Board of Directors. The members include Lee Cromley of Bulloch County, Chris Hopkins of Toombs County and John Ruark of Morgan County. They will serve on the Commission’s board for another three-year term.
Cromley is a sixth-generation cotton farmer from Brooklet, Ga. Cromley has been growing peanuts and cotton since 1983. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Cromley has served on the Commission’s board since 2011. Along with the Georgia Cotton Commission, he serves as a board member of Bulloch Gin, Bulloch County Farm Service Agency and the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Statesboro. Cromley is also currently the Chairman of the Southern Cotton Growers and serves on the board of directors for the National Cotton Council of America. He and his wife, Ann, reside in Brooklet and have three children.
Hopkins is returning to the Georgia Cotton Commission for his second term. Hopkins is a first-generation farmer from Lyons, Ga. He is a University of Georgia graduate and earned a bachelor’s degree in Crop Science and a master’s degree in Plant Pathology & Pest Management. He and his wife, Marilynn, began Hopkins Farm on 50 acres in 2005. Today, they grow cotton, corn, peanuts, rye, watermelons and timber on 850 acres. Hopkins serves as a delegate to the National Cotton Council of America and a director of the Southern Cotton Growers. He is also the president of the Toombs County Farm Bureau. The Hopkinses have two sons.
Ruark is a multi-generational farmer. He farms in Morgan, Oconee and Walton counties with his father, Marvin, and son, Andrew, and operates Bostwick Gin & Supply. He grows cotton, wheat and soybeans and raises cattle and poultry. He has been a member of the Commission’s board since 2014. Ruark is a director of the Southern Cotton Growers and the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of Georgia. He also serves as an advisor to the National Cotton Council Board. Ruark is married to his wife, Tamie, and has two children.