Committee Leadership

Kyle Sturgis

State Young Farmers Chair

State Chair Kyle Sturgis

Tri-S Farms Inc., Southern Shore Farms LLC, C&S Seafood

Northampton County, VA

Soybeans, corn, sorghum, wheat, vegetables, clams and oysters

The thing I love the most about farming is the freedom to make your own decisions. Not every farmer is going to run their farm the same. Some may have different techniques or opinions on how to do things, but that’s what makes it great. Farming is one of the most noble professions anyone could partake in, and we are all in it for one common goal—to feed the world.

The Young Farmers Program has been a great experience for me. The thing I love the most about the program is the ability to network with other young people across the state who have a passion for agriculture. It is great getting to build lasting friendships that will extended into the future with my farming and Farm Bureau career.

Nathan & Michelle Fox

District 1

District 1 Nathan & Michelle Fox

The Fox Family

Tazewell County, VA

Supporting farming through county Young Farmers activities. We grew up connecting with farmers in the community and through FFA.

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

Children: Jacob

We’ve been fortunate to attend six Young Farmers Expos, as well as various events with our local Farm Bureau. Each has provided us with opportunities to meet new people and learn about agriculture in the rest of Virginia. We look forward to the opportunity to help promote the Young Farmers in our area and learn more about Southwest Virginia by serving District 1.

William "Bear" Lloyd

District 2

District 2 William 'Bear' LLoyd

Ole Faithful Farm

Washington County, VA

Beef Cattle and Sheep

Other Occupation: Business education teacher in Smyth County

I love meeting other young farmers across the state that understand the hopes and the struggles we all have as farmers.

Jonathan & Kelsey Grimes

District 3

district 3 Jonathan & Kelsey Grimes

A & G Safety Solutions

Wythe County, VA

Other Occupations: In addition to our agriculture safety curriculum company, Jonathan is an agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor for Fort Chiswell High School, and Kelsey is the county 4-H Extension agent.

Children: Dawson

We love the opportunities that are available within Farm Bureau to constantly be learning about agriculture and our natural resources. It provides us with the chance to expand the agricultural education programs in our county. There isn’t anything better than watching youth fall in love with agriculture.

Jonathan Wood

District 4

Disctrict 4 Johnathan Wood

Old Cedar Farm

Patrick County, VA

Beef Cattle, Hay, Grafted Apple and Pear Trees for Nursery Stock

Other Occupation: Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor at Patrick County High School

Farming allows me the freedom to go in any direction I want and cater to any consumer on whatever scale that works for individuals. The Young Farmers program is a great way to connect with people that share the same beliefs and passions as I do and it allows me to network with other peers to benefit us all mutually.

Marcus & Sara Smith

District 5

District 5 Marcus & Sara Smith

Smith Farm

Rockbridge County, VA

Corn, Soybeans, Hay

Other Occupation: Sara works at the Amish Cupboard

We like farming because of working the land with our family and getting to work on equipment I enjoy while watching the crops we planted grow.

Thomas French

District 6

district 6 Thomas French

French Brothers Dairy

Shenandoah County, VA

Other Occupations: Route salesman for C&C Farmers Supply, performing routine services on dairy farms

My favorite part of Young Farmers has been the networking. With my job, I travel across the state, and it’s very rare that I don’t run into someone I met at a Young Farmers or Farm Bureau event! I always get to have a great conversation with them and see what’s new on their operations as a result.

Jacob & Jennifer Gilley

District 7

Distrct 7 Jacob & Jennifer Gilley

Heaven’s Hollow Farm

Orange County, VA

Cow-calf operation; direct-marketed beef and pork; backgrounding beef calves; livestock services, including custom cattle working and hauling, and bull leasing

Other occupations: Jacob works for American Farmland Trust, and Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom.

Children: Nora Grace and Tucker.

We love agriculture and the challenges and opportunities that it provides. Every day we learn something new and are challenged to grow outside our comfort zone, which helps us and our children learn patience and perseverance. Through agriculture, we have learned to appreciate the small things in life and to not take anything for granted. We love the community surrounding agriculture too, especially Farm Bureau and Young Farmers.

Jake Bevins

District 8

Jake Bevins

Bevins Farm

Hanover County, VA

Cow/calf beef operation in Louisa and Hanover counties

Other Occupations: Farm supervisor for the Virginia Department of Corrections Agribusiness Program

I’m a 2017 graduate of Virginia Tech’s Agricultural Technology Program and a past president of the VT Collegiate Young Farmers. I spent much of my childhood working on my uncle’s cattle farm in Bedford County, which led me into my agriculture career and eventually to the Young Farmers Program.

John & Lydia Shepherd

District 9

District 9 John & Lydia Shepherd

Shepherd Grain Farms LLC

Nottoway County, VA

Wheat, Rapeseed, Corn and Soybeans

Children: Hannah, Roy, & John Walter

The thing that I love most about farming is working for myself. I also love to see an end product. To actually produce something from a seed through hard work and expertise offers us a tremendous sense of pride.

J. B. & Victoria Gregory

District 10

District 10 WIll & Becky Roberts

Spring Hollow Farms, LLC

Pittsylvania County, VA

Beef cattle, Flue-cured tobacco, Grain

Other Occupation: Agricultural Educator and FFA Advisor at Chatham High School (Victoria)

Agriculture brought us up and brought us together. We love working in an industry where we can promote our passion with others. Our connection to agriculture runs deep as God has blessed us to be part of the sixth generation to carry on our heritage of farming. Being a part of Young Farmers has created a great opportunity to network and build lasting friendships.

Lindy Fimon

District 11

District 11 Lindy Fimon

Rome Farm

Lunenburg County, VA

Cow/calf Beef Operation; Pasture and Hay

Other Occupation: Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Agent in Lunenburg

I love cows, but my work has me in everything from tobacco to tomatoes to boxwoods. I love agriculture because we are a family, all of us, tied together by our love of the soil, plants and animals we care for. I am really enjoying Farm Bureau Young Farmers because it is growing and stretching me by exposing me to challenges and issues faced by producers across the state on both farm and policy fronts, and by creating a widespread network of people who share my love of the land. I am excited to get to know you and your love of ag!

Nick Moody

District 13

District 13 Nick Moody

Southside Ag Enterprises LLC and Green Meadows Farm

Dinwiddie County, VA

Corn, Wheat, Soybeans, Backgrounding Beef Steers, Some Specialty Crops

Other Occupation: Nutrient Management Coordinator for Biosolids with Dept. of Conservation and Recreation

I love the independence that comes along with farming.

Richard & Livvy Preisser

District 14

District 14 Richard & Livvy Preisser

Preisser’s Place

Isle of Wight County, VA

Richard grew up on a family dairy farm in Madison County and worked at a local butcher shop. Livvy’s family farmed row crops in Lancaster County, and she raised a small poultry flock.

Other Occupations: Livvy is the Isle of Wight agriculture Extension agent, and Richard is an associate research and development technologist for Smithfield Foods.

We graduated from Virginia Tech, where our love of agriculture brought us together and where we were introduced to Farm Bureau through the Collegiate Young Farmers chapter. We are very active in supporting local 4-H youth and hope to have our own farm very soon!

Mindy McCroskey

Immediate Past Chair

State Chair Mindy McCroskey

McCroskey Farm

Washington County, VA

Commercial Beef Cattle; Purebred and registered Simmental

Other Occupation: Agricultural Educator & FFA Advisor at Abingdon High School

I love farming because I love working with cattle and being outside. I enjoy seeing little miracles every day on the farm and understanding the importance of the industry. I love the Young Farmers program because I get to collaborate with other farmers my age and I enjoy their friendship and expertise. I like being involved in the program with other young leaders who are passionate about agriculture.