Greetings from the Great Southwest!!! Please allow me to introduce myself, Roger Elkins, born and raised in Lee County, where Virginia begins. Along with my wife Martha and my son Andrew we own and operate Elkins Sandy Spring Farm where we raise beef cattle and just enough hay and corn to keep their bellies full. On the side I do work for the Virginia Dept. of Transportation as a Construction Manager. We do some road and bridge building there but it is not nearly as important or as much fun as tending the cows. Enough about me, on to some Important Stuff.
VALOR, Virginia Agricultural Leaders Obtaining Results. Valor, n. strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness : personal bravery (Mirriam Webster). I am honored to be included in the inaugural class and be considered a VALOR fellow. As much as we become leaders in our industry we must be valorous facing challenges and dangers to the future of agriculture, work to resolve any issues and work to promote and protect our industry.
Given the challenges facing our communities, our state, our nation and our world no issue is more important than agriculture. Feeding our people and protecting our land must always be our focus.
“I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman’s cares.”
– George Washington