Alachua County Farm Bureau
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Board of Directors

Board of Directors Executive Council

Winston Rushing
Bill Deas
Vice President
Brittany Lee

Brittany is vice president of Florida Blue Farms in Orange Heights. She’s also a sales representative at Florida Woodland Group, a real estate firm that specializes in rural/agricultural properties. Brittany is married to Ryan and resides in Gainesville with their weimaraner, Carlos.

Dean Cheshire

Board of Directors Members & Staff

Paul Norfleet

Paul joined the Alachua County Farm Bureau board in 2016.

Ronnie Spencer

Ronnie is the owner of a small herd of beef cattle and grows small grains, seeds and millet. He is also the owner of a small nursery and chainlink fence company. Ronnie is married and a member of the Alachua First United Methodist Church.

Richard Feagle

Richard is a cattle rancher in southwest Alachua County and owner of Archer Automotive & Tire. Richard has been married to Cecile for 29 years. He has two sons, Ryan and Justin, two daughter-in-laws, and one grandson, Cason.

Alan Hitchcock


Bob Shaw

Bob is a timber farmer and a past member of the NRCS board and Dudley Farm State Park board. Bob worked for Florida Farm Bureau Federation for 34 years. He’s married to Marilyn. His family has been in Alachua County since 1863.

Jim Emerson
Bill Brown

Bill was the Alachua County Extension for 33 years.  He grew up on a farm in Western Kentucky growing corn, soybean, and cattle.  His family has been farming since 1919.  Bill is married to Sue and has one son.

Keiko Osumi


Jon Wershow (ex-officio)
Peggi Justesen
Rod Hemphill

Rod is Alachua County Farm Bureau’s communications advisor. A former journalist, news director and broadcast network manager, he retired in 2010 as Director of Public Relations for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation.

Phil Leary

Phil serves as the Governmental/Environmental Consultant for Alachua County Farm Bureau.  He’s the principal at Leary Governmental Affairs Consultants and represents private sector clients on legislative, environmental, and public policy issues at local, state, and federal governments.  He previously worked with Florida Farm Bureau Federation, St. Johns Water River Water Management District, and several county governments.