The VALOR inaugural class had the opportunity to tour America’s Promise Alliance and meet with the executive vice president, Melinda Hudson, during our Northern Virginia/ Washington D.C. Seminar. America’s Promise Alliance was founded in 1997 by Gen. Colin L. Powell. It is the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth.… Continue reading America’s Promise Visit
During the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. seminar I had a truly unique experience in Purcellville, VA. I got to try “microgreens” while touring Endless Summer Harvest. Endless Summer Harvest is a family-owned and operated hydroponic commercial agribusiness. They take great pride in providing locally grown, pesticide free lettuces, gourmet greens, and herbs. Mary Ellen Taylor, president… Continue reading Micro……What?
Quotes that I heard while participating in the seminars that inspired me to reflect...ponder... and just made me smile. "If a one takes care of the land and the water, the land and the water will take care of them." "A leader is someone who takes the time to listen and values others opinions even… Continue reading Reflections
I have been contemplating what to write for a while and decided to pull out my notes from the various seminars we have attended. I will share the quotes that really inspired me to stop, think, and ultimately to begin engaging. I hope you enjoy. “Agriculture will be the last job standing.” These six powerful words… Continue reading Stop! Think! Engage!
Agriculture has an impact on every person in the world. There are so many facets, that I sincerely believe a person could be immersed in the field a lifetime and only touch the surface of the many dimensions, opportunities, and experiences available in Agriculture. Americans often take for granted having safe and healthy, high quality, economical,… Continue reading Opportunities in Agriculture
During the third VALOR Seminar in the Shenandoah Valley, we had the opportunity to visit and tour MeadWestvaco Paper Mill (MWV) in Covington, Virginia. The Covington mill competes in a global paper and packaging market, exporting about 45% of its production to markets outside of North America. The mill employs about 1,200 people to manufacture high… Continue reading MeadWestvaco Paper Company
As I come back from spending a wonderful holiday with family and friends and begin my preparation for the next Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results seminar, I began pondering exactly what impact does agriculture have on making my Christmas experiences memorable, joyful, and fulfilling? Here are my thoughts. 1. The live Christmas tree with its… Continue reading A Holiday Perspective