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National, state agriculture issues to be discussed at annual convention

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virginia farm bureau federationDr. Jewel Bronaugh, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, will be the keynote speaker at Virginia Farm Bureau’s ninety fifth Annual Convention in Williamsburg Nov. 30 by Dec. 2.

The occasion is among the many largest gatherings of Virginia’s farmers. During the Nov. 30 opening luncheon, Bronaugh will discuss present nationwide insurance policies affecting farmers. She additionally will focus on worldwide commerce issues and the upcoming farm invoice.

Bronaugh served as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services from 2018 till appointed to her present place in May 2021. A Petersburg native, she beforehand served as the manager director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in Virginia, and as dean of the College of Agriculture at Virginia State University.

A featured speaker throughout the Dec. 1 assembly of county Farm Bureau delegates is Sam Keiffer, American Farm Bureau Federation vp of public affairs. Keiffer leads AFBF’s public coverage, advocacy and economics groups in advocating to the U.S. authorities on behalf of farmers and ranchers.

He will focus on just a few of the numerous issues with which AFBF is actively concerned in Washington. These embrace addressing issues within the agricultural provide chain, defending essential tax provisions utilized by farmers and defending the Navigable Waters Protection Rules, which AFBF supported throughout the earlier administration. He additionally will discuss working with the brand new administration and attempting to discover bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill.

Keiffer grew up on a grain and beef farm in Pennsylvania, and beforehand served because the chief administration officer of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau after starting his profession with the group in 2005.

VFBF insurance policies for the approaching 12 months will be set throughout the assembly of voting delegates. This is a part of Farm Bureau’s grassroots course of that begins at the county degree and culminates at the annual convention. Policies associated to nationwide issues will be submitted to AFBF for consideration at that group’s annual convention in January.

The VFBF convention agenda additionally consists of recognition of prime membership applications amongst county Farm Bureaus and the accomplishments of younger farmers. The VFBF Young Farmers Achievement Award will be introduced on Dec. 1, and the winner of the Young Farmers Discussion Meet competitors will be acknowledged that day as nicely.

Convention contributors may have the chance to attend workshops on farmer psychological well being, property easements, enterprise succession planning and smartphone pictures.