Goochland County farmer re-elected president of Virginia Farm Bureau Federation

virginia farm bureauGoochland County hay and grain producer Wayne F. Pryor of Hadensville was elected Nov. 29 to a seventh two-year term as president of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

Elections of officers and directors were held at the VFBF 2018 Annual Convention in Hot Springs.

Pryor served as Farm Bureau’s vice president from December 1998 through November 2006 and has been a member of the organization’s board of directors since 1988.

He currently serves on the board of the American Farm Bureau Federation and as first vice president of Jackson Miss.-based Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co., serving on that board for 20 years. He also is a member of the Chicago-based American Agricultural Insurance Co. board and American Farm Bureau Insurance Services Inc. board.

In addition, he is president and chairman of the board of directors of Syracuse, N.Y.-based Countryway Mutual Insurance Co.

In Virginia, Pryor serves as president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for the Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co.; the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC; the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation and Rural Sustainability; and Commonwealth Fairs & Events Inc., which owns The Meadow Event Park and the State Fair of Virginia. He also is president of the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

He is a member of the Virginia Agribusiness Council, Virginia Cattlemen’s Association and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Leadership Council.

Pryor is a recipient of the Honorary American FFA Degree, an award that recognizes personal commitments and contributions to advance agricultural education and FFA.

He attended Richmond Professional Institute, now Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a Mason and past master of Cabell Lodge #328. He also is an elder and lifelong member of Forest Grove Christian Church.

Pryor and his wife, Pattie, have one adult son.

With 129,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to supporting Virginia’s agriculture industry. View more convention news as it becomes available at vafb.com/convention and follow us on social media via #drivingagforward and #VFBFconvention18.

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