Environment and Sustainability, Seminars, Water Quality

The Gift

Leaving your county, or state, or country (as the case will be shortly for the VALOR fellows) imparts a gift of perspective. Not a gift to be taken lightly, it takes processing and production by the user in order to create anything of value. I can travel to another state or country, but if I… Continue reading The Gift

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


Irony (or, Social Media is dead)

But first, a song: (which I find slightly annoying, but it does deal with the subject at hand) There is something that I have thought for some time that I have not been able to put into effective words.  So, before the Fellows of  VALOR Class II take over the posting duties to this blog,… Continue reading Irony (or, Social Media is dead)

Communication, Legislation and Regulations, Political Advocacy, Seminars

Truth In Lobbying

What is your view of lobbying? Or better yet, what is your opinion of a lobbyist? During our Legislative Advocacy and Policy Development Seminar in Richmond, the VALOR fellows had the opportunity to answer that question.  Martha Moore, Vice President of Governmental Relations for Virginia Farm Bureau and Donna Pugh Johnson, Past-president of Virginia Agribusiness Council were… Continue reading Truth In Lobbying


Reblog: VALOR Fellows complete third seminar

Posted on February 1, 2013 by Insights Editor On Janurary 4, the VALOR Fellows embarked on their third seminar in the Shenandoah Valley and, true to form, this seminar was just as exciting and jam-packed as those previous. Class members were involved in media training at WVPT in Harrisonburg and had an opportunity to do on-camera interviews. The… Continue reading Reblog: VALOR Fellows complete third seminar

About VALOR, Seminars

Reblog: VALOR program starts new year with a focus on human development

The Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center offered a two part series of human development courses for the Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results program’s inaugural class. “The VALOR Program is designed to develop leaders who can effectively engage all segments of the Virginia agricultural community to create collaborative solutions and promote agriculture inside and outside the industry. Participants,… Continue reading Reblog: VALOR program starts new year with a focus on human development