Virginia farmers to help shape national Farm Bureau policies

virginia farm bureauVirginia representatives will join nearly 7,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation in shaping policies important to farmers and ranchers Jan. 8-13 at the 2016 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s seven voting delegates and two alternates will join their peers in formulating policies related to biotechnology; advance legislation that reforms the Endangered Species Act; immigration reform; and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandates on water and air quality. Delegates also will elect a new AFBF president and vice president.

“The issues we discuss at the convention are issues that potentially affect all U.S. farmers and ranchers, so it’s important that Virginia representatives attend and help shape those policies,” said VFBF President Wayne F. Pryor. “It’s important for us to work with American Farm Bureau, because we rely on them to represent our interests in Congress.”

Farmers attending this year’s convention also will have the opportunity to attend workshops to help them improve their operations. Topics to be covered include environmental regulations; ag technology trends; trade; food safety and transparency; economic issues; and skills and ideas leaders can apply within their county and state Farm Bureaus.

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