I truly enjoyed my visit to Washington D.C. and was proud to know many of the efforts going on to improve our Nation and the community of Washington DC. Visiting the US Capitol was an amazing experience especially getting to see all the wonderful statues of our great leaders. One near and dear to my… Continue reading Ms. Fannon goes to Washington!
Each time I go to Washington D.C., I am reminded of everything our nation has been through in our relatively short history. I sometimes get overwhelmed with a sense of patriotism when standing in the very locations pivotal to United States history. Seeing our nation's capital in March, right when the cherry trees are beginning… Continue reading Our Nation’s Capitol
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
VALOR fellows spent a morning at USDA with fellows from Pennsylvania RULE, LEADelaware and Nuffield International. We heard from: Bette Brand, Administrator for Rural Business Service, Acting Administrator for Rural Utilities Service Curt Coccodrilli, State Director for USDA Rural Development in Pennsylvania Ken Barbic, Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations Bill Northey, Under Secretary for Farm… Continue reading Morning at USDA
The theme of the January 2019 VALOR seminar in Richmond was “Legislative Advocacy and Policy Development”. We started our seminar at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation headquarters. Kathy Dixon and Norm Hyde provided training and practice on video interview strategies. After receiving tips for success, each member of our class was interviewed on a topic… Continue reading A Capitol Experience in Richmond
Being engaged in the legislative process can be intimidating. Knowing where to begin, who to contact, and what to say can overwhelm most citizens, causing them to sit on the sidelines while others make decisions for them. The “Truth in Lobbying” session during our Richmond seminar provided excellent advice for our cohort on how to… Continue reading Truth in Lobbying
Having only lived in Virginia four years, one of my goals for participating in VALOR is to help Virginia feel more like home. Visiting Richmond and Seminar III took a huge step in that direction! Touring the capitol, meeting elected officials and participating in the Virginia Agribusiness Council annual dinner - and knowing more people… Continue reading Home sweet home