VA FAIRS is a 501(c)5 that offers assistance to rural agricultural businesses and coops, including business plans, feasibility studies, and grant application assistance. The VA FAIRS board of directors provides oversight and guidance for the foundation to accomplish its mission of assisting rural Virginians.
The President of Virginia Farm Bureau Federation is Ex Officio President of Virginia FAIRS with voting powers.
Goochland County beef and grain producer Wayne F. Pryor of Hadensville was elected to a fourth term as president of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation in November 2012 and continues to serve.
Pryor is a member of Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advisory Committee. He was reappointed to a second term as a trustee of the Center for Rural Virginia. He is a member of the Virginia Agribusiness Council, Virginia Cattlemen’s Association and Virginia Cooperative Extension Leadership Council.
In Goochland County, he is a member of the Goochland Historical Society, Forum Club and Goochland County Chamber of Commerce, for which he chairs the Chairman’s Circle, a group of executives who operate companies and organizations in Goochland.
Pryor attended Richmond Professional Institute, now Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a Mason and past master of Cabell Lodge #328. He also is an elder and lifelong member of Forest Grove Christian Church.
Franklin County producer Scott E. Sink of Blacksburg was elected vice president of Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, and also serves as the vice president of the VA FAIRS board of directors.
Sink is a member of the VFBF Emerging Agriculture Enterprises Advisory Committee and Legislative Advisory Committee. He also is a past member and past chairman of the Young Farmers Committee and serves on the board of the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. He is president of Franklin County Farm Bureau.
He and his wife, Mendy, operate SES Agricultural Enterprises, which produces beef cattle, hay, agricultural services and agritourism opportunities. They also own Hethwood Market in Blacksburg, where they sell locally grown produce and offer catering services.
Sink holds bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural economics from Virginia Tech. He also is an account manager for CenterPlate, the concession company that services Virginia Tech athletics.
Tazewell County cattle producer Emily F. Edmondson of Tazewell serves on the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation board of directors and was also elected to the VA FAIRS board.
Edmondson is chairman of the VFBF Emerging Agriculture Enterprises Advisory Committee and is a member of the Burley Tobacco Advisory Committee, Livestock Advisory Committee and Membership Services Advisory Committee.
She owns and operates Fisher Cove Farm LLC with her son, John Fisher. She has served on the Tazewell County Farm Bureau board of directors for the past 10 years, where she served as president in the past.
Edmondson is a past vice chairman and board member of the Historic Crab Orchard Museum in Tazewell county. She also is assistant rector of the Tazewell County Cluster of Episcopal Parishes.
Stephen Versen works for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. He is the agency’s primary contact for economic development projects and serves as the point person for the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) fund. In this role, he provides business development assistance to new and expanding agriculture- and forestry-based businesses in concert with economic development allies and industry partners. Stephen’s work experiences include the City of Staunton’s Department of Economic Development and the Virginia Main Street program, where he assisted communities with their downtown revitalization efforts.
Stephen graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors of Business Administration (Economics & History Majors) and received his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives in Richmond with his wife and three young children.
Joseph Williams is serving his third three-year term as a VA FAIRS board member. He is past president of the Pittsylvania County Farm Bureau. He currently serves as vice chairman of the VFBF Flue-Cured Tobacco Advisory Committee. He is a Virginia State Police Academy graduate and a member and past president of the Pittsylvania County Young Farmers’ Committee. Mr. Williams has also served on the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Rural Revitalization Commission. A long time tobacco producer, he has recently established a vineyard on his farm in Chatham. He is currently serving his second three-year term on the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors. One year term.
Sonny Meyerhoeffer is the founder, majority owner and President of Eastern BioPlastics in Mount Crawford, VA. EBP is an innovative company that manufactures bioplastic pellets and products by blending poultry feathers with traditional plastics. Since 2008, Sonny has given leadership to the design, fabrication and setup of effective processes to make these bioplastics economical and feasible on a commercial scale.
Prior to Eastern BioPlastics, Sonny’s most influential entrepreneurial venture was the formation of the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative (VPGC) in Hinton, VA. This Cooperative was formed in 2004 to save some 130 turkey growers and 500 jobs at a plant that processed more than 6 million turkeys a year. Sonny initiated and implemented the business plan to make this Cooperative a success. He served as the Company’s president for three years.
T. Robins Buck worked for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for 39 years. Before retiring, he served on a variety of boards, committees and Task Forces, as a resource and/or a member. These are both internal and external to VDACS and were all functions within the expectations of his job description.
Over the years, he has worked with producers and producer groups looking into a variety of agricultural value-added opportunities. Mr. Buck served as Secretary to the Virginia Aquaculture Advisory Board and as advisor to the Virginia Farm Bureau Aquaculture Committee; he was a member of the VDACS Statewide Farmland Preservation Task Force; he served as Staff Support to the Governor’s Wine Study Work Group; and he has served as a resource person to the Virginia Food and Beverage Association.
William A. Crutchfield, Sr. is a retired federal executive with the United States Department of Agriculture with more than 35 five years of service. He is the founder of TWC and Associates, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in the areas of special education, teambuilding, organizational management, marketing, various human resources aspects including EEO issues and program adjudication issues.
Mr Crutchfield received his BS degree in Agriculture Education from Virginia State University (VSU), Petersburg, Virginia. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the Office of Personal Management Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He currently is the Interim Director of the Virginia State University (VSU) Small Farm Outreach Program He is a member of the VSU School of Agriculture Advisory Council, Chairman of the Advisory Board for VSU Department of Agriculture, member of the Agriculture Alumni Steering Committee and the representative for the VSU School of Agriculture on the National Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET) for the Association of Land- Grant Universities (APLU).
He is a life member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. President, of Nu Omicron Lambda chapter, and past chairman of the National Committee of Appeals and Grievances for the fraternity. He is an active member of Union Branch Baptist Church where he serves on the church bus driver committee and member of the men’s ministry.
Albert K. “Al” Glass has recently retired as Vice President of the Commodity/Marketing Department for the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. Glass joined the Virginia Farm Bureau in 1976 as a Field Service Director for its Eastern District before becoming a departmental director in 1983. Prior to joining Farm Bureau he worked in the Division of Markets with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Glass serves as the coordinator of the Virginia Tobacco Working group which includes Southwest Virginia Agriculture Association, Virginia Tobacco Growers Association and concerned Friends for Tobacco. He serves as the caucus chairman of Tobacco Associates, Virginia delegation and is a member of the Congressional Tobacco Industry Task force. He has served on the Council for Burley Tobacco’s Board of Directors and was state coordinator for the Farm Income Improvement Foundation.
Al grew up on a flue-cured tobacco farm in Dinwiddie County. He received his B.A. degree from Frederick College in History and Philosophy.
Is a poultry and beef producer in Buckingham County, Virginia. With his wife, Dixie, he owns and operates a 750-acre farm, where they raise broiler chickens and have a trout and striped bass recirculating aquaculture system.
He joined the Buckingham County Farm Bureau in 1971 and has served on the County Farm Bureau board of directors since 1975. Wood was County Farm Bureau President from 1994 to 2013.
Wood also has served on the Boards of Directors of the VFBF and Affiliated Companies, representing District 9 from 2003 to 2013. During that time, he served on numerous committees including the Poultry Advisory, Electric Deregulation Ad-hoc, and Emerging Agriculture Enterprises Ad-Hoc Committees. He has also served on the VFBF Budget & Audit Committees, and the Virginia AgPAC board of trustees.
Is a Commercial and Agricultural Lending Officer with First Bank and Trust, Harrisonburg, Virginia. He has been with the bank since 2006 when he started as an intern in the Agricultural Lending Division. He later joined the bank full time after graduating from college in 2008.
Webb grew up in Augusta County, Virginia on his family’s farm. He attended Virginia Tech and majored in Agricultural and Applied Economics. Since that time he has completed the Bank’s Management Trainee Program, and served for an interim period as Branch Manager of the Harrisonburg Office. Webb is also a graduate of the Virginia Banker’s Association School of Bank Management.
Mr. Shouse serves as the corporate secretary for the Foundation and in the same capacity for the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and several affiliated companies. He has been an officer of the Foundation since its beginning and has over 30 years of expertise with the Virginia Farm Bureau.
His education includes an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in Speech Communications and a Masters in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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