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Edmunds takes seat on Tobacco Commission

SoVaNow.com / March 06, 2014
Del. James Edmunds has been appointed to serve on the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, taking the place of retired Del. Don Merricks of Chatham.

Edmunds, a three-term representative in the House of Delegates, was named to the Commission by House Speaker Bill Howell.

“Being appointed to the Tobacco Commission was one of my highest priorities. I am extremely pleased to be able to have a direct impact on decisions made by the Commission that affect so many farmers and businesses in the communities I represent,” said Edmunds.

The 31-member Tobacco Commission was formed in 1999 to revitalize Virginia’s traditional tobacco-growing areas and to provide financial relief to leaf farmers in the wake of a $206 billion national legal settlement with cigarette makers.

Edmunds is owner and operator of Edmunds Farms in Halifax. He also owns and operates Non Typical Outdoors, a company that produces and distributes seed plot mixes specifically formulated for wildlife.

In addition, Edmunds has operated the Halifax County Fair for the past four years.

A graduate of Averett College (now University), he is a fourth-generation, life-long resident of Halifax County and has been operating the family farm since his father’s untimely death in 1988. He is married to the former Jennifer Wilkerson and has two children, Paul, 14 and Caroline, 10.

Howell, who made the appointment, said, “I am pleased to be able to call upon Edmunds to fill the slot on the Tobacco Commission left vacant after former delegate Don Merricks of Chatham decided not to run for re-election last year. I know Edmunds will be a valuable asset in keeping the Commission strong and vibrant.”

Scott County Del. Terry Kilgore, chairman of the Tobacco Commission, said “I couldn’t be happier. I am pleased to have Edmunds join the Commission and welcome his fresh perspective and suggestions that he can bring to the work of the Commission.”

Edmunds’ first official meeting will be a special called meeting today in Richmond.

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