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Virginia Announcing Farm Service Agency State Committee

RICHMOND, VA — The Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, J. Calvin Parrish, announces the individuals who will serve on the Virginia Farm service Agency State Committee. The State Committee members oversee the activities of the agency, including carrying out the state agricultural conservation programs, resolving appeals from the agriculture community and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs.

“These individuals work with the USDA to help farmers and ranchers build and maintain successful operations that produce the safe, nutritious food supply that America needs while spurring economic development in our nation’s rural communities,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “They bring the experience and passion necessary to help continue the Obama Administration’s efforts to rebuild and revitalize rural America.”

The individuals appointed to serve on this committee include:

  • Maxine G. Arey has an 80 head dairy operation that also produces corn, soybeans and hay. She is also a turkey grower out of Bridgewater.
  • James R. Robinson joins FSA from Winchester. His operation consists of apples, pasture, row crops and timber production.
  • Cecil E. Shell has a tobacco, soybean and wheat operation in Kenbridge. He also grows sweet potatoes and watermelons.
  • Charles P. Shorter has a beef cattle operation and grows corn for silage and has hay production. He also has 100 goats. His operation is in the Blacksburg area.
  • Clifton A. Slade of Surry grows wheat, soybeans, hay, vegetables and specialty crops. He also is a chicken and swine producer. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.