Michelle (Chair) and Nathan Fox

State Young Farmers Chair

State Chair Michelle Fox and family

The Fox Family

Tazewell County

Michelle began her term as chair of the state Young Farmers committee in 2023. She and Nathan help with their family’s farm and have participated in the Young Farmers program since 2018. In addition to serving as chair, Michelle also is a member of the Tazewell County Farm Bureau board of directors.

Other occupation: Nathan works at Dyna Pump & Electric Co., building and repairing pumps and motors, and Michelle teaches math at Graham Middle School.

Children: Jacob and Jonathan

Emmily and Dustin Hines

District 1

District 1 Emmily and Dustin Hines

Emmily and Dustin Hines

Russel County

Emmily grew up with horses and cattle and received her bachelor's degree in animal science from Virginia Tech in 2016. Dustin grew up working in his family's commercial greenhouse and small cattle operation. Emmily and Dustin are currently enjoying some (mostly) hobby animals (chickens, sheep and goats) while Emmily finishes her master's degree. They hope to buy a farm of their own in the next couple of years.

Other occupations: Emmily is a high school agriculture teacher and Dustin is a crew leader at Southwest Virginia Lawn Care.

Courtney Umbarger

District 2

District 2 Courtney Umbarger

Laurel Springs Farm

Smyth County

Courtney operates Laurel Springs Farm Store in Marion and helps her husband, Seth, on their direct market beef farm that supplies the store. Courtney received the first Distinguished Farm Bureau Woman award from the state Women’s Leadership Committee.

She loves working with the schools to bring agriculture into students' lives through education and farm-to-school food efforts.

Children: Addie, Corbin, Henry and Asher

Deanna Sumners

District 3

district 3 Deanna Sumners

DR Angus

Montgomery County

Deanna grew up in her family’s retail greenhouse business and still helps out when she can. She also manages a small herd of red Angus cattle.

Other Occupations: Deanna is the digital content specialist for the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Office of Communications. She manages social media channels for VT CALS, Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia 4-H.

Children: Ellie

Courtney Henderson

District 4

Disctrict 4 Courtney Henderson

Cave Hill Dairy

Botetourt County

Serves as chair of the Botetourt County Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee. She co-owns Cave Hill Dairy farm where she farms full-time primarily managing the milking cow herd and calf production.

She loves advocating for the industry and produces videos on the farm or hosts visiting school groups whenever possible. She has an incredible social media presence for the farm and promoting dairy.

Other Occupation: Writer for Hoards Dairymen, works for ASB Global as an authorized representative for genetic selection and breeding serving the Mid-Atlantic, runs a small hobby farm breeding business and is a digital dairy ambassador.

Morgan Slaven

District 5

District 5 Morgan Slaven

Mercy Mill Farm

Augusta County

Morgan Slaven is a native of the Shenandoah Valley and grew up on a beef cattle farm in Augusta County. She attended Virginia Tech where she double majored in agricultural sciences and communications. Since graduating in 2014, Morgan has worked for American Farm Bureau and Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom. Morgan owns a farm near Staunton, where she contract grazes beef cattle. She’s been a member of the State Young Farmers Committee for 2 years, representing District 5 and serving as the vice chair. Morgan is also the chair of the Augusta County Farm Bureau Young Farmers committee and serves as vice president of the county board. In her free time, Morgan enjoys traveling, volunteering as a 4-H club leader and loving on her rescue dog, Wrigley.

Other Occupation: Morgan joined Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative in 2019, where she currently works as the executive assistant.

Cheyenne Rhodes

District 6

district 6 Cheyenne Rhodes

Sycamore Banks Farm

Shenandoah County

The Rhodes family—Titus, Cheyenne and their two girls—operate Sycamore Banks Farm in Mount Jackson. They grow broiler chickens for George’s Foods, run 50 Angus brood cow pairs along with raising corn and stocker calves. Each fall, they also invite their local community to the farm for horse-drawn hayrides and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.

Children: Naomi Jane & Laelynn Alta

Amanda Weakley-Scott & Roger Scott

District 7

Distrct 7 Amanda Weakley-Scott & Roger Scott

The Scott Family

Madison County

Amanda and Roger have a commercial cow-calf operation with approximately 350 brood cows and 60 purebred Simmentals. They have two—soon-to-be three—poultry houses growing turkey hens for an integrator and a litter spreading business. Additionally, they have a custom hay-making operation.

Other occupations: Amanda is a veterinarian.

Children: Amelia “Grace” Scott and Faith Lee-Lynn Scott

Rachel and Thomas Henley

District 8

Rachel and Thomas Henley

The Henley Family

Goochland County

Rachel and Thomas help run the family’s 4th-generation grain and dairy farm. Also, for the past 5 years, they have operated an agritourism business.

Other Occupations: Rachel has been an agriculture Extension agent for more than 10 years.

Children: George and Ava

Brandon & Ginny Moyer

District 9

District 9 Brandon & Ginny Moyer

Oakmulgee Dairy Farm

Amelia County

Brandon farms with his brother and father as part of a family corporation that they recently established to grow the dairy operation into something that will sustain their families into the future. They raise all their feed and have a special facility that includes eight robotic milkers for 360 cows.

Other occupation: Ginny works in the construction industry as a project engineer.

Children: Annabelle and Carter

Adam Davis

District 10

District 10 Adam Davis

Adam Davis Farms

Halifax County

Adam owns and operates a corn, soybean and wheat farm in the heart of the Old Tobacco Belt. He also manages an Angus cow-calf operation and raises bred heifers. Adam currently serves on the Halifax County Farm Bureau board and the Virginia Soybean Association board of directors. He also serves as an associate board member for the Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District.

Breyon Pierce

District 13

District 13 Breyon Pierce

Pierce Farms LLC, Poppa Breeze Peanuts and Produce

Surry County

Breyon is a sixth-generation row crop farmer. He and his father grow field corn, sweet corn, rye, wheat, soybeans and Virginia peanuts. He also serves as a member of the Surry County Board of Supervisors.

Breyon feels that being a part of the VFB Young Farmers Committee is a great opportunity to work with other young farmers across the beautiful state of Virginia. He hopes to use this platform to network and build relationships and connections in agriculture across the state and nation. He also believes that this is a great opportunity to work with other farmers and like-minded individuals to solve some of the various issues in agriculture. As farmers, it is imperative we continue to be stewards of the land and preserve the land for the next generation of farmers.

Other Occupation: Pierce is a public school agriculture educator at Surry County High School in Dendron.

Logan Holland

District 14

District 14 Logan Holland

WT Holland & Sons Inc.

Accomack County

Logan is a 2016 graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech where he studied agribusiness management and crop and soil sciences. He farms in both Virginia and Maryland on a family farm in northern Accomack County where they produce potatoes, corn, soybeans, wheat and green beans. Logan serves on the Accomack County Farm Bureau board.

Other Occupations: Wife, Abby, is a fourth-grade teacher for Accomack County Public Schools.

Children: Expecting in March!

Nikita McNett

Member At-Large

Member At-Large Nikita McNett

McNett Angus Beef

Augusta County

Nikita and her family operate a cattle business that finishes beef products for direct sales and raises feeder steers for wholesale markets. They also raise goats.

Other Occupation: Nikita is a loan officer for FSA and her husband, Austin, manages 10 turkey houses for a local farm.

Children: Atlee and Arlie

Lindy Fimon

Immediate Past Chair

Lindy Fimon

Rome Farm

Lunenburg County

Lindy is a former agriculture Extension agent in the county, currently supporting operations on the family cow-calf and hay operation. Lindy served as chair from 2020-2022.

Lindy’s husband, Matt, was elected chair of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee in 2023.

Other Occupation: Matt is a human resources manager for a lumber company.

Children: Mattie and Poppy