A new program housed at Virginia Tech is growing a new team of leaders in the agriculture business.
The Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results Program, or VALOR, is a two-year program where participants attend seminars about issues facing agriculture in Virginia, nationally and internationally. The seminars are experiential, with the 12 seminars lasting about 48 days.
The goal is for the leaders to then go back into their communities and share the skills their have learned.
“Many stay in the same job or move up in their job, or they change the way they run their family business. As alumni, they advocate for the industry on legislative issues and promote problem solving,” said Megan Seible, the director.
The program is a public-private partnership, with the majority of the funding coming from companies and individual sponsors. A portion is coming from the Tech Cooperative Extension, and is being housed at Tech because of the university’s status as the largest land-grant school in Virginia.
“It really is an industry-owned program,” Seible said.
Applications for the program are being accepted through June 15.