George King, a row crop producer from Chatham, Miss., has been elected to serve as the 83rd president of the Delta Council, the Delta region’s farm policy, conservation, health care, education and chamber of commerce organization.
King, a 30-year partner in Nelson-King Farms, which is located in the Glen Allen area of the south Delta, was introduced as the new president at the organization’s annual meeting on the Delta State University Campus in Cleveland, Miss.
He succeeds Harry Simmons, one of the founding fathers of the catfish industry in Mississippi, who served as president in 2016-17. Simmons was honored with a proclamation signed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, designating June 9 as Delta Council Day in Mississippi.
Serving with King in 2017-18 will be Vice Presidents Candy Davis, Shaw, Miss.; Scott Flowers, Clarksdale, Miss.; John Murry Greenlee, Yazoo City, Miss.; Will Hooker, Cleveland, Miss.; Terry Maxwell, Inverness, Miss.; and Mark Seard, Greenville, Miss. Andy Anderson of Rolling Fork, Miss., will be the group’s treasurer.
King was born in Leland, Miss., and earned a bachelor of science degree from Mississippi State University before becoming a partner in Nelson-King Farms.
He is also the current chairman of the Delta Council Water and Soil Resources Committee, which he has served on for six years while the committee has grappled with slowing the decline in the water resources in the Delta region.
He serves on Mississippi Corn Promotion Board, is current chairman of Washington County Farm Service Agency Committee, is a past National Cotton Council delegate and Mid-South Regional delegate and is a past member of Cotton Research and Promotion Board. He was recently appointed to the Mississippi Corn Promotion Board.
He and his wife, Lisa Nelson King, have four children, Walt, Caitlin, Nelson and Caroline King Haynes. They are active in the Glen Allan Methodist Church where George is a member of the finance committee and past chairman of the administrative council.
For more information about the Delta Council, visit www.deltacouncil.org