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Rockingham County farmer wins Young Farmers Discussion Meet

Rockingham County farmer wins Young Farmers Discussion Meet
Jesse Martin of Rockingham County took top honors Nov. 28 in the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Young Farmers Discussion Meet.



County Farm Bureaus are recognized for excellence of local programs

County Farm Bureaus are recognized for excellence of local programs
Farm Bureaus in Albemarle, Bland, Campbell, Prince William-Fairfax and Washington were recognized Nov. 27 by Virginia Farm Bureau Federation for their work in educating the public and promoting agriculture and Farm Bureau.



Young Farmers honor Virginia Farm Bureau executive and wife with Warren Beach Award

Young Farmers honor Virginia Farm Bureau executive and wife with Warren Beach Award
The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers Committee has recognized Clay and Maryanne Francis of Richmond with their 2018 Warren Beach Award for their outstanding contributions to the VFBF Young Farmers Program.



Virginia farmers share outreach efforts

Virginia Farm Bureau county leaders heard local political success stories and learned from each other Nov. 27 during the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation 2018 Annual Convention in Hot Springs. A workshop titled “Taking It On Locally” featured a panel of county Farm Bureau leaders who shared how their organizations have built relationships with their elected officials and addressed local issues that had adverse effects on agriculture.



Farmers urged to keep the pressure on

Farmers urged to keep the pressure on
The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation had a successful year in 2018, achieving membership growth and financial gains, said Wayne F. Pryor, VFBF president. But there are plenty of political challenges ahead, and it’s time for Farm Bureau members to step up their contacts with legislators, Pryor added.



Nottoway County farmers honored for achievements

Nottoway County farmers honored for achievements
John and Lydia Shepherd of Nottoway County have been named the 2018 Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers of the Year Achievement Award winners.



Chestnut trees make a comeback in Virginia

Chestnut trees make a comeback in Virginia
Fresh chestnuts are once again available in Virginia, benefitting cooks who go nuts over using local ingredients in holiday dishes.



Va. soybean growers hopeful despite sinking sales

Va. soybean growers hopeful despite sinking sales
Soybeans have been Virginia’s top agricultural export for the past couple of years. Odds are they won’t be anymore.



Northern Neck newspaper again wins top journalistic honor

Northern Neck newspaper again wins top journalistic honor
The Rappahannock Record in Kilmarnock captured Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Ishee-Quann Award, the top honor in Farm Bureau’s annual Journalism Awards program. The newspaper, which serves readers in part of the state’s Northern Neck, also won the non-daily newspaper category for the third consecutive year and for the 12th year in the past 14.



Author encourages farmers to engage consumers: ‘Sometimes people just want to know why’

Author encourages farmers to engage consumers: ‘Sometimes people just want to know why’
Early in her keynote remarks at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation 2018 Annual Convention, author Michele Payn asked 700 farmers for a show of hands.



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