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Representing Agriculture on Behalf of Virginia’s Farmers

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation successfully represents farmers in Richmond and in Washington. We actively engage farmers in developing positions on issues, contacting legislators to convey these viewpoints, and connecting farmers with candidates who can best represent those positions on issues.

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Action Center

Virginia Farm Bureau works to make sure the voice of agriculture is heard at the General Assembly and in Congress. But we can’t do it alone.

Throughout the year, Farm Bureau staff send out Action Alerts asking our producer members to voice their concerns about specific agricultural issues to their legislators. The more our members respond to these Action Alerts, the more effective we are in making sure Virginia farmers are protected.

In 2010, Farm Bureau members responded to Action Alerts regarding federal legislation that would unfairly blame farmers and overestimate their impact on the Chesapeake Bay. Their efforts resulted in 28,000 contacts made to U.S. Sens. Warner and Web and Virginia’s delegation in the House of Representatives, including personal visits, emails, phone calls and more than 18,000 letters. These contacts played a huge role in the defeat of the legislation.

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If you are a producer member and interested in helping to maintain your ability to farm in Virginia, you can help by responding to these Action Alerts.

Policy Development

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s producer membership governs the organization, and its members determine where we stand on specific issues. An issue position process begins at the grassroots level by engaging farmers to be active in the discussion within their local membership and work toward a consensus at the state level in developing Farm Bureau's position. The policies represente/Portals/FBA/images/membership-at-work/blue-wood-texture.pngd by the VFBF governmental relations team and reinforced by personal contacts from our farmer members.

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest farm organization, with 35,870 producer member families. Farm Bureau is a voluntary, non-governmental organization wholly owned and controlled by its members and financed by membership dues.

The following state-level policies are the result of thorough consideration and recommendations from our producer members. These policies began at the county level, introduced perhaps by a single individual, and have evolved through the policy development channels. These policies most accurately reflect the consensus of our policymakers from all corners of Virginia and most widely affect the state’s farming community.

These state policies do not include VFBF’s position on federal issues. VFBF’s elected policymakers participate in the American Farm Bureau Federation policy process, and VFBF utilizes AFBF policies for positions on federal issues. The VFBF president, staff and/or board of directors are responsible for the interpretation of these policies. Please contact the Governmental Relations Department with any question regarding implementation or interpretation of these policies.

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