About VALOR, Education and Awareness, Global Agriculture, Legislation and Regulations, Political Advocacy

Argentina Reflections

It has been two months now since VALOR had the opportunity to engage farmers and leaders during an agricultural trip to Argentina.  The production cycle is in reverse as compared to the United States cropping systems.  The crops that we viewed should be harvested as we in the United States plant new ones.  While there,… Continue reading Argentina Reflections

Education and Awareness, Inaugural, Knowledge of a Changing Industry, Legislation and Regulations, Seminars, Uncategorized

Coal Country

A trip to Southwest Virginia would have been lacking for VALOR fellows had we not learned about the coal industry in Virginia; and we did just that in Seminar III. VALOR is considered “a premier leadership program for adults in agriculture,” and it’s important to remember when developing well-informed leaders they must gain an appreciation… Continue reading Coal Country

Knowledge of a Changing Industry, Legislation and Regulations, Political Advocacy

No Small Victory

Ah Michigan, the land of two peninsulas, a state rich in history from its unique position among the Great Lakes, to its manufacturing to its agriculture, Michigan has so much to offer.  Along with the VALOR fellows I was recently able to visit there for the first time and learn about its agriculture.  I was… Continue reading No Small Victory

Environment and Sustainability, Inaugural, Knowledge of a Changing Industry, Legislation and Regulations, Uncategorized, Water Quality

A little technical assistance please …

  VALOR Fellows had a complete experience during Seminar VI: Bay/Northern Neck - Agriculture, Technology and the Environment. It was an exciting time bringing together firsthand the components of one of the most talked-about efforts in decades, allowing a vibrant agricultural industry and work in partnership to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay… Continue reading A little technical assistance please …

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

Communication, Education and Awareness, Environment and Sustainability, Legislation and Regulations, Political Advocacy, Uncategorized, Water Quality

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency vs. Agriculture… Inevitable? Maybe not.

There is a widespread belief that it is us vs. them when it comes to the relationship between the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Agricultural Industry.  I would submit that it doesn’t have to be that way. I recently had the opportunity along with the VALOR fellows to visit the EPA in… Continue reading U. S. Environmental Protection Agency vs. Agriculture… Inevitable? Maybe not.