Growing up in far Southwest Virginia, stories about Pocahontas and John Smith were fairytales and Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond were distant lands of mystery. Traveling to Richmond for the seminar in January was actually my first trip to downtown Richmond and seeing the Capitol. Unfortunately, I had to leave seminar early and did not get… Continue reading Fairytales & Far Away Mystery Lands
In January, I had the honor of representing Virginia in the National Farm Bureau's Discussion Meet where one of the topics was world trade and trade agreements. This experience and the recent issues with trade deals has brought exporting specifically to my attention. Many are unaware of the amount of agriculture exporting Virginia does itself… Continue reading Virginia Exporting to the World
On November 8, 2018, Dell Cotton introduced our VALOR Class to the world of Virginia Peanuts. Dell Cotton is the manager of the Peanut Growers Cooperative Marketing Association and executive secretary of the Virginia Peanut Growers Association. Virginia at one time had around 75,000 acres in 2002 with a government quota system much like tobacco. … Continue reading Virginia Peanuts
Greetings from where Virginia begins! Where the fog hangs over the Cumberland Mountains! Where the Cumberland Gap ushers a welcome to all those who pass through! Where the great Powell River flows onto Tennessee! Where family farms dot the valleys! Where a lonesome pine sit high on Powell Mountain! Where Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia all… Continue reading Where Virginia Begins!