Hello and welcome to Plows and Politics, the official blog of the Virginia Farm Bureau Governmental Relations Department. We will be posting updates and articles relating to Farm Bureau’s state and federal critical issues, regulatory actions, announcements of public meetings, and the legislative activities of county Farm Bureaus.
Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization–What does that mean? That means you, our Farm Bureau members, tell us what to fight for in the General Assembly. But we can’t do it alone. Throughout the years, we’ve counted on your voice to help us educate our state and national legislators on issues that greatly affect the agricultural community.
Thanks to your letters, phone calls and visits, we’ve greatly influenced the way our legislators view agriculture. In 2010, Farm Bureau members responded to Action Alerts regarding federal legislation that would unfairly blame farmers and overestimate their impact on the Chesapeake Bay. Your efforts resulted in 28,000 contacts made to U.S. Sens. Warner and Webb and Virginia delegation in the House of Representatives, including personal visits, emails, phone calls and more than 18,000 letters. These contacts played a huge role in the defeat of the legislation.
If you’re interested in receiving our Action Alerts, please e-mail Kelly.Pruitt@vafb.com with your name, county, membership number and contact information. If you are a producer member, she will add you to our Action Alert system.
We hope you enjoy the blog! We will be posting information at least twice a week.
Thanks for reading,
Vice President, VFBF Governmental Relations