Four Virginia Young Farmers Win National Accolades

YFs group shotFour Virginia young farmers took top honors in the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers competitions at the organization’s annual convention Jan. 18-20.

Sarah Rudolph of Wythe County won the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet; Glenn and Amanda Dye of Stafford County were runners-up in the Achievement Award competition; and Rose Jeter of Botetourt County was named a Top 10 finalist for the Excellence in Agriculture Award.

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American Farm Bureau Establishes 2020 Policies

Voting delegatesFarmer delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Convention today adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in 2020 on key topics ranging from dairy to labor and climate change to conservation compliance.

“Delegates from across the nation came together today to look ahead at issues and opportunities facing farms, ranches and rural communities,” said American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Scott VanderWal. “The 2020 policies ensure we are able to continue producing safe and healthy food, fiber and renewable fuel for our nation and the world.”

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AFBF Annual Convention Focuses on Connecting with Consumers, Innovation

TrumpThe final day of workshops at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention put a focus on the role farmers will play in connecting with consumers on sustainability in agriculture and new technologies like gene editing.

President Donald Trump keynoted the Convention yesterday. Watch his full remarks HERE.

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Sustainability and New Technology Highlighted at AFBF 2020

WelcomeThe American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Convention and Trade Show got underway in Austin on Saturday. In keeping with the theme of this year’s convention, “Sustaining America’s Agriculture,” workshops focused on steps farmers can take to enhance soil health and improve water quality. Many other workshops featured precision agriculture technology’s role in helping with labor shortages; increasing competition; mitigating risk and protecting food safety.

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Virginia Recognized for Exemplary Member Programs and Achievement

Pinnacle Award 2Virginia Farm Bureau received the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Pinnacle Award, the highest honor a state can be awarded for program and membership achievement, at the AFBF  Convention in Austin, TX this week. Other winners included Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Texas, and Utah.

Virginia Farm Bureau also received the Awards of Excellence, which recognize state Farm Bureaus that demonstrated outstanding achievements in four program areas: Advocacy; Engagement & Outreach; Leadership and Business Development; and Membership Value.

Farm Bureau Mourns Passing of Bonnie Duvall

Bonnie DuvallOn Saturday, Bonnie Duvall, wife of American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, lost her courageous battle with cancer. The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Vice President Scott VanderWal.

“It is with deep sadness that I share the news of Bonnie Duvall’s passing after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a special member of the Farm Bureau family, from being chosen for the 1982 National Young Farmer and Rancher Award with Zippy, to her travels with him 33 years later when he was elected president of American Farm Bureau.

“Zippy and Bonnie were partners in every respect for all of their 40 years together. She put her business degree to work keeping the books on their Georgia farm, enabling Zippy to turn his attention to serving his fellow farmers at the county, state and national levels.

“At moments like this our faith consoles us, knowing her soul is at peace, having gone on to our heavenly Father. We will forever be inspired by her sense of humor, love of farming and optimism in the face of adversity. She taught us all what it means to make every moment count.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Duvall family, including the four children Zippy and Bonnie have always been so proud of, Vince, Corrie, Zeb and Zellie, their dear son- and daughters-in-law, and their five beautiful grandchildren.”

Formal Crop Report Release Provides Valuable Statistics

Grain Division at USDAVirginia Farm Bureau Federation representatives attended the formal release of the 2019 Annual Crop Production Summary Jan. 10 at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Every month the USDA issues national crop progress reports that directly influence market prices. The Virginia delegation was invited by the Virginia office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Improve Farming Businesses with Financial Planning Workshops

vfb-federationA series of financial planning workshops for the agricultural community are being held in January and February.

The sessions will cover a variety of farm business and financial topics such as taxes; business and law; and crop, health, life and property and casualty insurance.

The Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin is hosting the series, which was created in partnership with area experts and is sponsored by Farm Credit.

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