Greetings from the road! I am Dana Fisher, a proud life-long resident of Shenandoah County, where I grew up on my family’s small beef cattle operation. I was an active member of my local FFA chapter, and I was proud to represent Central FFA on the state and national levels. My time in FFA helped develop a love for agriculture and education that continues today.
I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2001, majoring in agricultural education, with a minor in Small Business Management. I have spent the last eleven years teaching agriculture in the middle school and high school levels in my home county. I have been fortunate to have a great group of students and teachers to work with over the years. My students have been gracious enough to take me along as they have reached great heights in agricultural achievement.
In my work as a teacher, and with groups like the Virginia FFA Foundation, the Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers, and my county Farm Bureau board, I have had the opportunity to see a great deal of agriculture in Virginia. As I re-type this post (thanks IPad!), I am passing by cotton fields in the southeast part of the state, and I am inspired by the beauty of our industry. We have a reason to be proud of what we have accomplished, and a responsibility to continue to work toward a secure agricultural future.
I am excited about the VALOR experience, and the interaction with the members of the inaugural class. I look forward to the challenge of meeting the needs of an ever-changing group of agricultural producers and consumers. As VALOR fellows, it is our responsibility to make sure that those needs are met.
Please follow us as we find our way across Virginia, in search of ways to make our industry stronger and more productive!