Communication, Creative Problem Solving, Education and Awareness, Seminars

I Expect MORE

Virginia, roughly shaped like a triangle (per my fantastic drawing above), is home to two distinct population curves. The more common one, called the Golden Crescent, is home to approximately 6.1 million people, and if it were a state, it would be second in the nation for college degrees, wealth, etc. It stretches from the… Continue reading I Expect MORE

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

Creative Problem Solving, Inaugural

The past, present and future walk into a bar…

...it was tense. VALOR as I have come to know it is over. True.  There is one more seminar and graduation coming up in July yet, so the VALOR Fellowship for the members of the Inaugural Class is not really over per se.  But, VALOR as twelve passengers in a van commenting on "attempted murder"… Continue reading The past, present and future walk into a bar…

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

Communication, Legislation and Regulations, Political Advocacy, Seminars

Ready for Richmond Day One and Two at Virginia Farm Bureau

Agenda for Monday, February 11, 2013 “Truth in Lobbying” - Presented by Martha Moore, Virginia Farm Bureau Governmental Relations and Donna Pugh Johnson, Past-president, Virginia Agribusiness Council  “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” TED Talk: Simon Sinek The Importance of Social Media - We discussed the importance and relevance of social media communication in agriculture and in VALOR. Agenda for Tuesday,… Continue reading Ready for Richmond Day One and Two at Virginia Farm Bureau