Virginia Farm Bureau members learn about Gov Relations tools, participate in policy discussion at annual convention

Rob Hall of Northumberland/Lancaster County Farm Bureau and Ricky Kurtz from Gloucester/Mathews County Farm Bureau visit the Governmental Relations booth in the exhibit hall at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention.

Virginia Farm Bureau members from across the state are meeting in Norfolk this week for the organization’s annual convention. Along with attending workshops and other programs, members will discuss and set policy for the upcoming year.

On Tuesday, members stopped by the Governmental Relations booth in the convention’s exhibit hall to learn about five of Farm Bureau’s critical issues: animal care, property rights, Virginia Cooperative Extension funding, water quality and game laws. They also learned about receiving Capital Connections Action Alerts from the GR Department, as well as how to sign up to receive e-mail alerts on new posts on the Plows and Politics blog (hint: enter your e-mail address under FOLLOW BY E-MAIL in the top left of this page). Both are very important tools to keep members updated and active during the General Assembly and Congress on issues that may need legislative contacts.

On Wednesday, members heard from Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore at breakfast. Afterwards, members entered General Session where they heard from updates from the insurance company and participated in policy discussions.

During the remainder of the convention, members will set policy, determine what county representatives will attend the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in January, and hold elections for the VFB Board of Directors.

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