Communication, Political Advocacy

A Great Story

I’m always captivated by a good story. I think that most of us are; when you hear humor, or details, or just plain emotion, you connect with the storyteller at a deeper level. Let’s take this to a deeper level. I meet you. You meet me. I tell you that I’m from Virginia, have 2… Continue reading A Great Story

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

About VALOR, Creative Problem Solving, Inaugural, Political Advocacy

Some numbers from day Seven

Day seven for the VALOR Fellows consisted of lots of travel. Up early and a quick breakfast. Then on the bus for the trip to the airport. Fly, change planes, fly again, another bus and finally the hotel in beautiful El Calafate. Just as the sun sets and reflects off Lake Argentno, today's travel provided… Continue reading Some numbers from day Seven

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 …