Jennifer Belcher was featured in a December 8 story on SWVAToday.com regarding her first place win in the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Young Farmer Discussion Meet. The Virginia Farm Bureau is the state’s biggest farmers’ advocacy group with more than 150,000 members. Participants in the Discussion Meet are judged on their ability to build consensus and work toward solutions. The final-round topic was how farmers can reach out to the public to make people more aware of and supportive of agriculture. Ms. Belcher discussed the producers’ need to share with the public as much information as possible about farming to gain the public’s support. She suggested using the media, Web sites and other tools to educate people and encouraged Farm Bureau members to become part of the state’s Spokesfarmers’ program to connect with other industries.