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Perspectives on agriculture are focus of Farm Bureau event

Perspectives on agriculture are focus of Farm Bureau event

Virginia farmers have varied backgrounds, experiences and areas of expertise. Sharing those will be a focus of the 2019 Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting.

Harvesting Perspectives is the theme of the event, which will be held Dec. 2-5 at Hilton Norfolk The Main.

Speakers will include Dale Moore, American Farm Bureau Federation executive vice president, and Dr. Robert Holsworth, a political analyst and recurrent post-election speaker at the Farm Bureau gathering.

Moore will deliver a keynote address during the meeting’s opening luncheon on Dec. 3. He brings more than 35 years of public policy experience in Washington to his current role with AFBF. In 2001 he was appointed U.S. Department of Agriculture chief of staff by then-President George W. Bush. He spent more than a dozen years on Capitol Hill, working in various positions for the House Agriculture Committee. Moore grew up in southwest Kansas on a livestock, hay and grain farm.

Holsworth is a managing partner of Decide Smart and team lead for higher education and civic engagement projects. He is former director of the Center for Public Policy and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University and served as executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness. He will speak on the afternoon of Dec. 4.

Meeting participants also will be able to attend presentations on direct marketing, international trade, stress-related health concerns among farmers and strategies for sharing producer perspectives.

It is at the VFBF Annual Meeting that delegates from each county Farm Bureau in Virginia help shape the organization’s state and federal policies for the coming year. They also will hold elections for four seats on the VFBF board of directors.

With 129,000 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. View more convention news as it becomes available at and follow us on social media via #harvestingperspectives and #VFBFannualmtg19.

Contact Pam Wiley, director of communications, at 804-290-1128.