Farm Bureau’s fair exhibit aims to bust agricultural myths
September 13, 2012
DOSWELL—The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation plans to share the truth about farming during this year’s State Fair of Virginia, which will run Sept. 28 through Oct. 7.
“We feel like the fair is a great opportunity to share information about agriculture and to help dispel some of the myths about farming,” said Cathy Vanderhoff, co-chairman of the VFBF State Fair Committee.
Farm Bureau will have a presence in the Meadow Pavilion at The Meadow Event Park. During the fair the pavilion will be used to showcase the state’s agricultural commodities and several organizations that support farmers.
Fairgoers who visit Farm Bureau’s exhibit will learn that technological advances have allowed farmers to use fewer crop input chemicals while producing more food. They also will discover that more than 90 percent of Virginia’s and the nation’s farms are family owned and that agriculture contributes billions of dollars to the state’s economy.
Visitors will receive educational materials and can then spin a prize wheel and answer questions relating to that information.
“We want to make it fun for people,” Vanderhoff said. “Our Myth Busters handout is pocket-sized, and we hope that fairgoers will keep it with them and then share the information with their family and friends.”
In addition to learning about agriculture, visitors to the booth will receive information about a proposed amendment to Virginia’s constitution.
Question 1 proposes amending the constitution to protect private property owners from eminent domain abuse. The amendment has three provisions: that no more private property may be taken than is necessary to achieve a stated public use; that a condemner will have to prove that the use is public; and that fair compensation is given to the property owner.
“We think every Virginian should be in favor of this constitutional amendment, and we think our State Fair booth gives us a golden opportunity to reach a large audience of potential voters,” said Trey Davis, VFBF assistant director of governmental relations.
To engage the too-young-to-vote crowd, the Farm Bureau fair exhibit will include an area stocked with children’s chairs, agriculture-related children’s books and coloring sheets.
Contact Kathy Dixon, VFBF communications, at 804-290-1137.