Free Virtual Conference for Farmers

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promotional flyer with text A Voice for Agriculture: Finding Your How, What, Where and Why?

Are you interested in building ag communication and advocacy skills? Do you want to be a better champion for agriculture? Are you new to farming and want to build confidence when talking about it?

Relevant for farmers with any size operation, and an especially good opportunity for new or younger farmers, the upcoming “A Voice For Agriculture – Finding Your How, What, Where and Why” virtual conference has something for you.

Take advantage of the upcoming virtual conference from Farm Credit of the Virginias. Register online for the conference.

The conference includes five (5) sessions:

  • Session #1: Going up? Elevator Speeches and Other Tools for Agricultural Advocates
    Date/Time:
    August 3rd from 9 – 10:30 a.m. EST
    Speaker: Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
  • Session #2: Hard Work Worth Doing
    Date/Time: August 6th from 8 – 9:30 p.m. EST
    Speaker: Brandi Buzzard
  • Session #3: Telling your Farming/Agriculture Story
    Date/Time: August 10th from Noon-1:00 p.m. EST
    Speaker: Matthew Lohr
  • Session #4: Communicating and Connecting- A Legislators Perspective
    Date/Time: August 13th from 9-10:00 a.m. EST
    Speakers: Delegate Israel O’Quinn and Legislative Director Jake Holmes
  • Session #5: Challenging the Status Quo
    Date/Time: August 14th from 9-10:00 a.m. EST
    Speakers: Delegate Mark Keam

from Farm Credit of the Virginias

The Farm Credit Knowledge Center is hosting a free virtual agricultural advocacy conference titled, “A Voice For Agriculture – Finding Your How, What, Where and Why.” The conference will take place over the course of five live webinars beginning August 3, 2020.

Each of the five sessions that makeup the virtual conference will feature local, state and nationally recognized speakers that are experienced advocates for the agriculture industry. Featured speakers include: Matthew Lohr, Chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Brandi Buzzard, Cattle Producer; Stefanie Kitchen, Assistant Director of Governmental Relations at Virginia Farm Bureau Federation; Andrew Smith, Assistant Director of Governmental Relations at Virginia Farm Bureau Federation; Delegate Israel O’Quinn, Virginia State Legislator; and Delegate Mark Keam, Virginia State Legislator.

Conference sessions will include, but are not limited to, establishing and maintaining relationships with legislators, learning how to put your farming business and/or agribusiness’ best foot forward, advocating tips and resources, and effectively communicating the story of agriculture and the role you play.

The conference is open to anyone interested in learning how to advocate for the agricultural industry. There is no cost to participate. The first 25 registrants will receive a Farm Credit swag bag. There will also be additional opportunities throughout the conference sessions to earn prizes. Interested individuals are encouraged to learn more and register online.