Orange County farmer re-elected to Farm Bureau board

Orange County farmer re-elected to Farm Bureau board
Beef producer Thomas E. Graves of Orange was elected Nov. 30 to a fourth three-year term on the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation board of directors.

Elections of directors were held at the VFBF 2017 Annual Convention in Williamsburg.

As a board member, Graves will represent Farm Bureau producer members in Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, King George, Madison, Orange, Prince William, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.

He is chairman of the VFBF Legislative Advisory Committee and Soybean & Feed Grains & Grain Marketing Advisory Committee and vice chairman of the VFBF Forestry Advisory Committee. He also is a member of the VFBF Budget and Audit Committee. He is a charter director of the State Fair of Virginia and serves on the Commonwealth Fairs & Events Inc. oversight committee.

Graves served on the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC board of trustees for seven years and the VFBF AgPAC executive committee for two years. He served four years on the American Farm Bureau Federation Forestry Advisory Committee. He also worked with AFBF and VFBF to hold the first Farm Bureau-sponsored campaign school for citizens running for public office in Virginia.

He is a past president and past board member of Orange County Farm Bureau.

Graves also served four years on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. He is chairman of the Dogwood Village Senior Living Inc. board and serves on the boards of the Dogwood Village Foundation and Dogwood Village Health and Rehab. He is a past president and past board member of the Orange County Fair Association Inc.

He and his family operate a 1,500-acre beef cattle farm. Graves and his wife, Jenny, have two children and five grandchildren. He attends Macedonia Christian Church.

With 127,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to supporting Virginia’s agriculture industry and preserving the Virginia way of life. View more convention news as it becomes available at vafb.com/convention.

Contact Greg Hicks, VFBF vice president of communications, at 804-290-1139.


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