(804) 290 1158
P.O. Box 27552, Richmond, VA 23261
VA FAIRS is a 501(c)3 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 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 (VDACS) where he serves as Manager of the Office of Agriculture and Forestry Development. In this role, he manages the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, oversees the Office of Farmland Preservation, and, in general, provides business and economic development assistance to new and expanding agriculture- and forestry-based businesses in concert with economic development allies and industry partners.
Prior to his eleven years at VDACS, 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 grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, 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 children.
Dr. Walker served as one of three Community Viability Specialists with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and was a faculty member in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. Martha joined Extension in 2005 after serving for 28 years at Danville Community College. She worked with Virginia counties, cities and state agencies assessing community needs, and facilitating community-based action plans.
Dr. Walker launched Virginia Cooperative Extension’s grassroots leadership program, Innovative Leadership: Building Community Connections, an 18-hour training focused on building leadership skills and knowledge. She also co-taught the Virginia Association of Counties’ County Supervisor Certification program. She is a champion for the Virginia agritourism industry, establishing and organizing the Virginia Agritourism Conference until 2019, connecting industry educators, stakeholders and producers. Dr. Walker produced numerous valuable resources for agritourism operators.
In 2015, Martha received the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension (Individual Specialist) in addition to the programming awards she received throughout her career with Extension. Martha has a Bachelor’s degree from Averett College, a Master of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Old Dominion University.
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 received a BS degree in Agriculture from Virginia State University (VSU) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the Office of Personal Management Federal Executive Institute.
He currently serves as the Director of the 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, and a member of the Agriculture Alumni Steering Committee. Mr. Crutchfield also serves as an Advisory board member of the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition and is a member of the Virginia USDA Agencies Corroboration Board.
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.
Henry Wood 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.
Bradley Webb 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.
Kathleen Early serves as the corporate secretary for the Foundation and in the same capacity for the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and several affiliated companies. She brings professional and corporate governance experience with executive officers, attorneys, boards of directors, and committees both inside and outside of Farm Bureau.
Her education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Longwood University, Farmville, VA, and a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Trinity University, Washington, DC.