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Morning at USDA

VALOR fellows spent a morning at USDA with fellows from Pennsylvania RULE, LEADelaware and Nuffield International. We heard from: Bette Brand, Administrator for Rural Business Service, Acting Administrator for Rural Utilities Service Curt Coccodrilli, State Director for USDA Rural Development in Pennsylvania Ken Barbic, Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations Bill Northey, Under Secretary for Farm… Continue reading Morning at USDA

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A Capitol Experience in Richmond

The theme of the January 2019 VALOR seminar in Richmond was “Legislative Advocacy and Policy Development”. We started our seminar at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation headquarters. Kathy Dixon and Norm Hyde provided training and practice on video interview strategies. After receiving tips for success, each member of our class was interviewed on a topic… Continue reading A Capitol Experience in Richmond

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Happy National Ag Day

As I was finally finishing this blog entry on the threshold of another fast approaching VALOR engagement, I discovered that today is National Ag Day as designated by the Agriculture Council of America.    According to their website, today we should all be encouraged to: Understand how food and fiber products are produced Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe,… Continue reading Happy National Ag Day