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Pryor: State’s farmers will adapt

Pryor: State’s farmers will adapt

The following March 23 statement may be attributed to Virginia Farm Bureau Federation President Wayne F. Pryor, a Goochland County hay and grain producer:

“As Virginians re-shape their lives in the face of a public health crisis, the commonwealth’s farmers are doing the same. But every day we continue to care for animals and tend fields, orchards, vineyards and timber acreage, just as we have for more than 400 years.

“This is not the spring we anticipated, but like every spring it presents a tremendous opportunity—to support our communities and consumers at home and abroad. Virginians can rest assured that the families who operate more than 44,000 farms statewide remain committed to providing healthy, accessible foods and other important products.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting challenges to which we must adapt, and adapt we will. Farm Bureau was created to advocate for farmers, and we are collaborating with state and federal agencies and agricultural and forestry organizations to identify and address producer concerns.

“We’re grateful to our neighbors who perform jobs that cannot be done at home, particularly those who are providing important health services. We’re also grateful to those who transport, process and sell foods and other farm products, and we hope state and federal officials will see their work as essential—as we do.

“Virginians are facing a time of uncertainty, but I am certain that Virginia’s farmers will draw on four centuries of experience, innovation and resilience to deliver the products on which our neighbors and our nation depend.”

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. For more news and information visit

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