Virginia Farm Bureau

About


Virginia Farm Bureau Federation is the largest agriculture advocacy group in Virginia, representing 150,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus. The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation is an affiliate of the American Farm Bureau Federation, which has more than 6 million members nationwide.

Virginia Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan organization, and is wholly controlled and financed by its members.
Man stands at Farm Bureau podium

Mission


Virginia Farm Bureau promotes the state's agriculture industry and works with legislators to create an environment where agriculture can prosper.

The organization supports farmers in a number of ways, providing services such as:
  • Agricultural supplies
  • Commodity associations
  • Health programs
  • Insurance products
  • Leadership development programs
  • Lobbying
  • Marketing

Choosing Goochland County


Virginia Farm Bureau moved its headquarters to Goochland County in 1993. They were the second tenant in the West Creek Business Park.

The area's natural beauty is what initially stood out. Wayne Pryor, President of Virginia Farm Bureau, says the Virginia Farm Bureau's Board of Directors was sold on West Creek as soon as they saw the big, beautiful lake. "The Board fell in love with it. They liked the rural atmosphere of it out here."
View of the pond from Virginia Farm Bureau office
A supportive county government is another plus. Says Pryor, "We've had a Board of Supervisors that respects agriculture, respects open space, respects land use values. It just seemed a natural fit for an organization that represents agriculture statewide to come here."

Twenty years later, that feeling hasn't changed. "We still have a wonderful relationship with the Board of Supervisors, and the County Administrator, and Planning," shares Pryor.

The transportation network is another attractive part of doing business in Goochland and West Creek. "I must add one of the best assets for all of this property and our location has been Route 288. That just, ten-fold, made our location," says Pryor. "For most of our employees, even coming from the south side or coming from the west or coming from the north, traffic is not an issue."

"And if you need to go somewhere fast, we've got a wonderful interstate system right around us here, going east and west. 30 minutes from right here and you're sitting at the airport. I travel to D.C. quite a bit, and in a couple hours, you're up there," Pryor continues.

Goochland also offers easy access to urban amenities in Richmond. "Another great advantage is Short Pump," Pryor says. "All you got to do is drive 5 minutes, and you can have anything you want. If you want shopping, if you want restaurants, if you want hotels, it's all there." 

Goochland truly strikes the balance between rural charm and urban convenience.

"We've got the ideal location if you want a little privacy, a little scenery, a little rural character. You couldn't pick a better place."