Posted By admin on June 26, 2015
Greetings to you all from Rockbridge County,
Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s mid-June and we are already experiencing warmer than usual temperatures for this early in the summer season. Although after such a cold winter, these temps are a pleasant welcome for many. Please be safe as you tend to your planting, hay making, etc. and be mindful of the extra “slow moving” traffic on rural roads this time of year. I’d like to take a moment to show appreciation to Past President, Shelia Lilly, and our 2015 Executive Committee for coordinating such a great convention earlier this year in Roanoke. It takes a village, and it was a great weekend of tours, meetings and fellowship for all who attended!
We’ve had a busy start to the year, in early March, Shelia Lilly and Ashley Craun attended the NYFEA Agriculture’s Promise in Washington, DC. Shelia and Ashley spent a couple days in workshops, forums, and meeting USDA and Congressional Leaders, complete with a tour of The Hill! You can find more details of Shelia and Ashley’s experiences on the YFV website, what a great opportunity this trip was for them! The Executive Committee had its first meeting for the year in late March to begin planning for this year’s activities and to brainstorm about new ideas. It was a successful meeting and it’s our hope to incorporate some new initiatives in the near future. We are currently working on securing sites for our summer tours, plans are underway for Thursday, July 23 in the Harrisonburg/Bridgewater area. My apology that not more information is available at this time, but please know we are doing our best to coordinate a fun and educational experience. As plans evolve, we will share information on our website and Facebook page (be sure to LIKE our Facebook page, it’s the easiest and fastest way for us to broadcast updated information).
Mark your calendars for this year’s NYFEA National Institute, December 9-12, 2015 in Charleston, SC (“Charleston, Charleston, Charleston!” for those of you who were at the 2014 Institute in Louisville, KY!) Tours for the institute will include the Charleston Tea Plantation, Clemson Univ. Coastal Research Center, Carolina Peanut Co., and Elloree Gin Company, just to name a few.
Additionally, we have secured the Holiday Inn – University in Charlottesville, VA as the hosting hotel and venue for our 2016 State Convention, January 29-31, 2016. We are working diligently with the Charlottesville/Albemarle County Farm Bureau office to coordinate engaging tours around the area. Stay tuned for more details!
I’m looking forward to once again playing an active role in this year’s YFV activities and I thank you for entrusting me to be your President!
Best, Jane McDonald