Visit six farms in 60 minutes during Oct. 3 virtual tour
August 22, 2012
DOSWELL—The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation will give Virginians the opportunity to “visit” six different farms during the Real Virginia Virtual Farm Tour.
On Oct. 3, Farm Bureau will host an hour-long event featuring video footage of six Virginia farms. The presentation will be hosted live at the State Fair of Virginia’s Meadow Pavilion from 7 to 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on VFBF’s website at VaFarmBureau.org.
“The average Virginian is pretty far-removed from agriculture. And we believe that getting accurate information about farming operations will help them understand and appreciate the importance of this industry in their daily lives,” explained Greg Hicks, VFBF vice president of communications. “We realize that not everyone has access to a farm or has time to personally visit one. That’s why we’ve sent our staff out to a variety of Virginia farms to report the farmers’ stories to the public. This way, people can visit six different farms in one hour.”
Invited guests will watch the live event, and anyone can watch the live feed online and submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also follow the event on Twitter at #RealVA.
The virtual farm tours will include a Rockbridge County beef cattle business, a Hanover County dairy, an Accomack County vegetable farm, a Shenandoah County poultry operation, a Spotsylvania County produce farmer and a Buckingham County pork producer.
During the event, viewers will be able to ask questions via phone and email. A panel of farmers and other agriculture professionals will be on hand to provide answers.
“We think it’s important to engage Virginia families in a conversation about agriculture,” Hicks said. “This event is one way to do that.
Contact Hicks at 804-290-1139 or Kathy Dixon, VFBF communications, at 804-290-1137.