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VALOR Blog #4: Washington DC & NoVA

Last month our VALOR group explored agriculture in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.  It was an educational and eye-opening seminar covering many businesses and policy issues I did not know much about.  Our meetings and discussions re-emphasized how important it is for us to tell our stories and be relatable.  Although I am technically considered… Continue reading VALOR Blog #4: Washington DC & NoVA

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Meeting with VA Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring

Our January seminar in Richmond featured numerous highlights.  Meeting Virginia’s Ag Secretary Bettina Ring and her staff ranked at the very top.  Our meeting with Secretary Ring was the first we had with a government official. Virginia agriculture is in great hands with her experience, leadership and team.  Secretary Ring graduated from Virginia Tech with… Continue reading Meeting with VA Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring

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Smithfield Foods- The World’s Largest Pork Processor

When you think about Virginia agriculture, it is hard to find a more successful story than Smithfield Foods.  They graciously opened their doors to our VALOR group earlier this month to show us the ins and outs of their operation. Brief Overview Smithfield Foods started in 1936 as Smithfield Packing Company in Smithfield, VA.  Since… Continue reading Smithfield Foods- The World’s Largest Pork Processor