Council Awards


Agribusiness Awards

Agribusiness Environment

-To an agribusiness for recognition of outstanding achievements, research, or practices that benefit both agribusiness and the environment.

2019 Recipient -

2018 Recipient - Kevin Engel, Engel Family Farms (Hanover, Virginia)

Agribusiness of the Year

-To a member of the Council for exceptional contributions to Virginia agribusiness.

2019 Recipient -

2018 Recipient - Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc. (Richmond, Virginia)

Special Recognition of an Agribusiness

-To an agribusiness deserving recognition for service and support to the Council and Virginia agribusinesses.

2019 Recipient -

2018 Recipients - Brookmeade Sod Farm, Inc. (Doswell, VA)
                          James River Nurseries, Inc. (Ashland, VA)
                          Strange's Florist (Richmond, VA)

Individual Awards

Distinguished Friend of Agribusiness - Presented at the Appreciation Banquet to a member of Congress, state legislator, governor, or other influential governmental official for exceptional support of Virginia's agribusiness industry for a period of years.

Recent Recipients:

Land Grant University Award - To an outstanding faculty member, administrator, or employee of a Virginia Land Grant University (Virginia Tech or Virginia State University) for meritorious or exemplary service to the industry of agribusiness during their career.

2019 Recipient - 

2018 Recipient - Dr. David Holshouser (Suffolk, VA) 

2018 Recipient - Scot Jessee (Russell County, VA)

Alvin W. Blaha Distinguished Service - To an individual for meritorious service to the Virginia Agribusiness Council and the State's industry of agribusiness over a long period of time.

2019 Recipient -

2018 Recipient - Ambassador Richard ("Dick") Crowder (Blacksburg, VA)

Distinguished Leadership
- To a past leader of the Council for meritorious service to the Virginia Agribusiness Council and the agribusiness industry.

2019 Recipient -

2018 Recipient - Lynn Graves (Syria, VA)

Special Recognition of an Individual - To a person or persons deserving recognition for service to agribusiness, but not to the degree or for the length of time necessary for eligibility to received the Distinguished Service Award.

2019 Recipient -

2018 Recipient - Ronnie Gill (Mechanicsville, VA)

Submit award nominations by August 6.

Congressman Rob Wittman received the 2018 Distinguished Friend of Agribusiness Award at our Annual Appreciation Banquet that took place on January 11, 2018.  Pictured with VAC President Katie Frazier.
Virginia Agribusiness Council
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