McDuffie County Farm Bureau member Donald E. McCorkle Sr., of Dearing, is serving as chairman of the Georgia Farm Bureau Environmental Horticulture Committee.
The ten-member committee is made up of Farm Bureau members from across the state. McCorkle leads the committee in making recommendations to Georgia Farm Bureau regarding the impact of environmental horticulture on the state's agriculture industry.
McCorkle, who is in his 12th year of service on the committee, is director of the rewholesale department of McCorkle Nurseries, a family-owned business in its 60th year.
The company distributes plants to many stores along the east coast.
He is a former president and Nurseryman of the Year for the Georgia Nursery Association.
He has also served on the boards of the American Nursery and Landscape Association, the Georgia Nursery Association and the Georgia Green Industry Association.
McCorkle and his wife of 53 years, the former Patricia Tilby, have two children, D.E. "Skeetter" McCorkle and Beverly McCorkle Welch.
He serves on the Board of Deacons at Calvary Baptist Church in Dearing, where he is also the music director.
Founded in 1937, the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm organization.
The organization has 158 county offices.
Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors.
GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.