Essex County Virginia

Agricultural and Forestal Economic Development Advisory Board

Agricultural and Forestal Economic Development Advisory Board

Purpose of the Board:
The purpose of the Agricultural and Forestal Economic Development Advisory Board shall be to serve as the advisory body for the Essex County Agriculture Development Program, whose mission is to develop and implement a continuing plan to sustain and enhance the rural economy. For the purposes of this Board, the agricultural community shall encompass farm and forest land.

Duties of the Board:
1. Serve as a liaison between the Board of Supervisors and the citizens of the agricultural and forestal communities.
2. The Board shall make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors concerning issues of importance to the rural/agricultural community, and to that end, shall have the duty to research and make recommendations concerning the needs and interests of the rural/agricultural community.
3. Support programs that enable the preservation of farm and forest land, agricultural infrastructure and the industry of agriculture in Essex County.
4. Work to educate the non-farming public about the importance of agriculture in Essex County.
5. Advise and alert local, state and federal elected officials serving Essex County on issues of importance to the agricultural and forestal industry in Essex County.
6. The Agricultural and Forestal Economic Development Advisory Board shall have no authority to enter into any contract or incur any obligation binding the County of Essex.

Member Name      District  First Appointed Term Expires
 Barry Bates    North District  July 14th, 2015 December 31st, 2017
 Steven Peter    Central District  Feb. 9th, 2016 December 31st, 2019
 Page Ball    Tappahannock District  July 14th, 2015 December 31st, 2017 
 Ronnie Gill    South District  July 14th, 2015 December 31st, 2019
 Jay Hundley    At-Large  July 14th, 2015 December 31st, 2019
 Jeff Brooks    At-Large  July 14th, 2016 December 31st, 2017
 David Taliafero    At-Large  July 14th, 2015 December 31st, 2017


Board Meetings:
Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of the Month, Time to be Determined, in the Beale Annex Conference Room at 202 South Church Lane, Tappahannock, VA 22560.

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