Communication, Creative Problem Solving, Education and Awareness, Seminars, Uncategorized


It's 3am. You've been on the road since 11:30pm after grabbing 90 minutes of sleep at the end of a work day that started at 1:57am the day before.  There are 368 more miles to go to your destination, which you must reach by 8am. It's just you and the satellite radio out on the… Continue reading Drive

About VALOR, Seminars

“Thank you soooooo much.”

The sixth meeting of the VALOR fellows has just concluded, marking the halfway point of our inaugural fellowship.  The group of fellows numbers ten in total, but as we travel (both literally and figuratively) we number 12.  Megan Seibel, the program director, and Kelsey Brunton, who - prior to her "retirement" - was the graduate… Continue reading “Thank you soooooo much.”

Education and Awareness, Legislation and Regulations, Political Advocacy

Reflections from the tractor windshield

I am sitting here in my tractor, planting soybeans. Well...not really. All I am doing is monitoring the monitors that monitor the process. The planter is doing the critical task of precisely placing each seed in the ground and covering it with soil.  The tractor is driving itself-and doing a better job of it than… Continue reading Reflections from the tractor windshield

Legislation and Regulations, Seminars

The amazing Universal #2 meat grinder

For their prior gathering, the VALOR fellows found themselves in Richmond while the General Assembly was in session.  Oft described as sharing many traits with sausage making, the legislative process was in full swing and on display for the fellows to enjoy. But, the legislative process is only half of the story. (OK...yes, you're right... … Continue reading The amazing Universal #2 meat grinder

Education and Awareness

What is your vision statement?

Part of the VALOR program focus is leading the Fellows on a journey of discovery.  Not only discovery of what agriculture is throughout the various areas in Virginia, but also a journey of personal discovery.  What is it that drives you?  Why do you do what you do how you do it?  What does the… Continue reading What is your vision statement?