County Farm Bureaus recognized for participation in Stand Our Ground: Critical Issues campaign

Channing Snoddy, president of Fluvanna County
Farm Bureau, received an American flag from the
U.S. Capital on behalf of his county reaching the goal
for the Stand Our Ground: Critical Issues campaign. 

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. Their efforts resulted in 28,000 contacts made to U.S. Sens. Warner and Web and Virginia’s 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

With the success of our Stand Our Ground: Chesapeake Bay campaign in 2010, we wanted to keep the momentum going in 2011 with other critical federal issues. We began the Stand Our Ground: Critical Issues campaign in July, and challenged county Farm Bureaus to make as many legislative contacts as possible on these four of our federal critical issues with Virginia’s congressional delegation by November 15, 2011. Those four issues were the 2012 Farm Bill, ag labor, air quality and water quality.

These issues along with a specific contact goal were recommended by the VFBF Legislative and National Affairs Advisory Committees and approved by the VFBF Board. These issues are aligned with American Farm Bureau priority issues.

The goal for each county Farm Bureau was to get a minimum of 2 percent of its producer membership to make contacts for each issue. Members from counties that achieved this goal were recognized at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention last week by wearing purple ribbons. We had 75 counties reach and exceed their 2 percent goal, which is wonderful accomplishment!  The county that made the lost contacts in each district received an American flag from the U.S. Capital, and were recognized at the Leadership Breakfast during the convention. Click below to see what counties reached their goal.

Below are the counties that reached their campaign goal. Counties noted in red are the district winners.

Accomack
Albemarle
Alleghany
Amelia
Amherst
Augusta
Bedford
Bland
Botetourt
Brunswick
Buckingham
Caroline
Carroll
CC-JC-NK-Y
Charlotte
Chesapeake
Chesterfield
Clarke
Craig
Culpeper
Dinwiddie
Essex
Fauquier
Floyd
Fluvanna
Franklin
Giles
Gloucester-Mathews
Goochland
Grayson
Greene
Greensville
Hanover
Henrico
Henry
Highland-Bath
Isle of Wight
King William
Lee
Lunenburg
Mecklenburg
Middlesex
Montgomery
Nansemond
Nelson
Northampton
Northumberland-Lancaster
Nottoway
Page
Patrick
Pittsylvania
Powhatan
Prince George
Prince Edward
Pulaski
Rappahannock
Roanoke
Rockbridge
Rockingham
Russell
Scott
Shenandoah
Smyth
Southampton
Stafford
Surry
Sussex
Tazewell
Virginia Beach
Warren
Washington
Westmoreland
Wise – Dickenson
Wythe

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