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Grayson County farmer elected to Farm Bureau board

Beef cattle and tobacco farmer Richard L. Sutherland of Elk Creek was elected Nov. 29 to a three-year term on the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation board of directors.

Elections of officers and directors were held at the VFBF 2012 Annual Convention in Chantilly.

As a member of the board of directors he will represent Farm Bureau producer members in Grayson, Smyth and Washington counties.

Sutherland is a member of the VFBF Burley Tobacco Advisory Committee and serves as president of the Grayson County Farm Bureau. He also is a member of the Carroll-Grayson Cattlemen’s Association and previously served a two-year term on its board.

He attended Wytheville Community College and Virginia Tech. Sutherland and his wife, Brenda, attend Lebanon Methodist Church, where he serves on the church’s finance committee. They have one son, Matthew, who helps farm part time.

With nearly 150,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to protecting Virginia’s farms and ensuring a safe, fresh and locally grown food supply. View more convention news as it becomes available at

Contact Greg Hicks, VFBF vice president of communications, at 804-241-4633.


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