BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 29, 2012 – The Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results (VALOR) Program has selected its inaugural class, which comprises 11 outstanding individuals from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The VALOR Program is designed to develop leaders who can effectively engage all segments of the Virginia agricultural community to create collaborative solutions and promote agriculture inside and outside the industry.
“I am excited about the group we have compiled for the inaugural class,” said Megan Seibel, VALOR director. “We have great expectations for the individuals selected. They will lay the foundation for the program and establish its reputation for greatness among industry stakeholders. We anticipate their tremendous impact as strong industry leaders for years to come.”
Members of the VALOR inaugural class are
Program application was open to public and private sectors of the agriculture industry in Virginia, and more than 100 nominations were submitted. Nominees represented a spectrum of producers and service providers with a variety of specialized knowledge and skills. Participant selection was based on a detailed online application and face-to-face interview.
Individuals have been notified of their acceptance, and the first of 12 program seminars will take place in September. Class members will gain and share experiences throughout the two-year program that will take them to local, national, and international destinations in order to further explore social, political, and economic issues related to agriculture, while developing the skills necessary to serve as industry leaders and advocates.
Nationally ranked among the top research institutions of its kind, Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences focuses on the science and business of living systems through learning, discovery, and engagement. The college’s comprehensive curriculum gives more than 3,100 students in a dozen academic departments a balanced education that ranges from food and fiber production to economics to human health. Students learn from the world’s leading agricultural scientists, who bring the latest science and technology into the classroom.
Virginia Cooperative Extension brings the resources of Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth. Through a system of on-campus specialists and locally based educators, it delivers education in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community viability, and 4-H youth development. With a network of faculty at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and Extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers, Virginia Cooperative Extension provides solutions to the problems facing Virginians today.