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Mecklenburg County Farm Bureau honors one of its own
SoVaNow.com / October 23, 2013The Mecklenburg County Farm Bureau honored former Ambassador and county native Richard T. Crowder at its annual dinner Tuesday night in Chase City.
Crowder, who was raised on a farm in Mecklenburg County, earned a B.S. and M.S. from Virginia Tech and a PhD in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State. From 1989 to 1992, Crowder served as Under Secretary, International Affairs and Commodity Programs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. From January 2006 to May 2007, he served as the chief farm commodity negotiator for the U.S., directing talks worldwide including multilateral negotiations in the World Trade Organization.
Currently he is an adjunct professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, but he also provides consulting services on strategy, risk management and agriculture and trade policy.
Crowder’s advice to young people looking toward the future: “Forsake the MBA for a degree in agriculture.”
Glenn Hudson, who delivered the legislative report, called this “a critical time” for agriculture because of the number of “priority issues” Congress is considering. Hudson said the Farm Bureau is lobbying for a strong safety net for farmers, and cuts in the Farm Bill that do not directly impact small farmers.
On immigration, the Farm Bureau wants there to be “responsible reform that ensures future access to workers, while improving enforcement measures against illegal immigrants.” The Farm Bureau also is seeking clarity on the definition of navigable waterways, to determine the limits of the authority of the federal government and the Clean Water Act over local streams and waterways.
The business meeting included the election of officers for the upcoming year. Jim Jennings, owner of JF Leaf, Ltd., was re-elected as President and Irvin Matthews was re-elected as Vice President of the Mecklenburg County Farm Bureau. Michael Winn of Bluestone, Gray Moss of Boydton, William Wilkinson of Buckhorn, Washington Ramsey of Clarksville, Stephen Rose of La Crosse, Mark Moody of Palmer Springs and Glenn Price Hudson of South Hill were all re-elected as Directors, and Austin Puryear of Chase City was voted in as Director to replace the retiring John Roark.
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