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Va. farmers among those shaping national Farm Bureau policies

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Virginia Farm Bureau Federation representatives will join more than 5,000 U.S. farmers and ranchers in shaping policies of the American Farm Bureau Federation Jan. 13-16 at the AFBF annual convention in Nashville, Tenn. The theme of this year’s convention is “Many Voices, One Vision.”

The Virginia delegation will concentrate on issues such as the 2012 Farm Bill, agricultural labor, water quality and estate and capital gains taxes.

“These could be contentious issues, because in today’s economy there are lots of competing interests trying to get their voices heard in Congress,” said VFBF President Wayne F. Pryor. “It’s important for Virginia farmers to attend the national convention and have a hand in shaping policies that could affect our farms. We rely heavily on American Farm Bureau to represent our interests in Congress.”

The event will include presentations on 2013 outlooks for livestock and crop production, energy development on farms and transportation issues, among other topics. The keynote speaker will be retired astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Contact Sara Owens, VFBF communications, at 804-290-1133.
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