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VALOR Blog #4: Washington DC & NoVA

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

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Morning at USDA

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

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A Capitol Experience in Richmond

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