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  • BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

    Agenda

    November 12, 2014

  • WORK SESSION

  • AGENDA

    BEDFORD COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS BEDFORD COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING NOVEMBER 12, 2014

    5:00 P.M. WORK SESSION - Ground Floor Training Room

    a. Presentation by Wingate on the current Real Estate Assessment b. Joint Work Session with the Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board on

    the Region 2000 Agriculture and Forestry Strategic Plan

    6:45 P.M. Dinner

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  • Strategic Plan for the Agriculture and Forestry Economy in Virginia’s Region 2000 September 8, 2014 1

  • About

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    THOMAS P. MILLER AND ASSOCIATES, LLC • Founded in 1989 • Based in Indianapolis, IN with offices in

    Lexington, KY and Youngstown, OH

    • Full-service economic and workforce development consulting firm with extensive

    research and strategic planning experience

  • Project Background • The Local Government Council received a grant from the

    Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to develop an economic development strategic plan for agriculture and forestry

    • Formed a Strategic Plan Coordinating Team including leadership from local economic development organizations and local Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) offices

    • Representing Bedford: • Traci Blido – Director of Economic Development • Scott Baker – Agricultural Extension Agent

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  • Approach

    Quantitative Data

    Analysis

    Asset Map Inventory

    Local Input sessions

    One-on-One Interviews

    SWOT Analysis/ Planning Session

    Final Strategic

    Plan

    •Over 95 individuals participate in interviews, input sessions, and/or planning sessions

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  • Economic Impact of Agriculture and Forestry in the Region

    Source: Economic Impacts of the Agriculture and Forest Industries in Virginia June 2013: http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20A gricultureForest%202012reva.pdf

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    http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia AgricultureForest 2012reva.pdf http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia AgricultureForest 2012reva.pdf

  • We recognize and promote the agriculture and forestry

    industries to strengthen regional economic development and

    future sustainability.

    Vision Statement

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  • Three Goal Areas

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    GOAL #1 – COORDINATE REGIONAL OUTREACH AND MARKETING

    GOAL #2 – STRENGTHEN RESOURCES FOR PRODUCERS

    GOAL #3 – PROMOTE CAREER AND SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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  • Priority Project #1 – Develop a regional agriculture and forestry website

    • Promotes the industries to internal and external audiences

    • Serves as the regional source for news, workshop announcements, technical assistance, available grants, agri-tourism, etc.

    • Incorporates asset map of regional resources – organizations, agencies, services, etc.

    • Informs about regional producers – available crops and products

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    Priority Project #1 – Develop a regional agriculture and forestry website

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    Priority Project #1 – Develop a regional agriculture and forestry website

  • • What is a ‘Food Hub’? • Entity that manages the aggregation, storage,

    distribution, and marketing of locally grown foods

    • Why is it Important? • New marketing opportunities for producers – locally

    grown is in-demand • Links rural producers to suburban/urban consumers • Lowers entry barriers and improves infrastructure to

    create and expand regional food markets • Potential to create new jobs

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    Priority Project #2 – Complete a Regional Food Hub Feasibility Study

  • • Regional Food Hub Feasibility Study • Quantify regional consumer interest in the concept

    and preferences for produce and products (e.g. meats, cheeses, honey, etc.)

    • Determine interest from regional farmers and their requirements for participation

    • Understand the best model – central facility, pick-up and drop-off locations, publicly or privately run, etc.

    • Define action steps for launch of a food hub • Leverage the existing Food Hub Planning Committee

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    Priority Project #2 – Complete a Regional Food Hub Feasibility Study

  • Next Steps

    • Focus on priority projects • Regional agriculture and forestry website • Food hub feasibility study

    • Explore funding opportunities and ways to approach collaboratively • Prepare and submit grant applications to AFID,

    USDA, and other funding sources

    • Strategic Plan Coordinating Team • Maintain momentum and target immediate actions • Annual meeting to review progress against defined

    actions

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  • Questions or Comments Scott Baker Senior Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources Unit Coordinator 122 East Main Street, Suite 102 Bedford, VA 24523 540-586-7675 [email protected]

    mailto:[email protected]

  • Region 2000 Strategic Plan for the Agriculture and Forestry Economy | i

    Strategic Plan for the

    Agriculture and Forestry

    Economy in Virginia’s Region

    2000

    July 2014

  • Region 2000 Strategic Plan for the Agriculture and Forestry Economy | i

    Acknowledgements

    The completion of the Strategic Plan for the Agriculture and Forestry Economy in Virginia’s Region 2000

    would not have been possible without the leadership and guidance of the Strategic Plan Coordinating Team.

    They actively supplied their honest, thoughtful input and foresight to genuinely shape the development of

    this plan. Team Members include:

     Scott Baker – Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Bedford County  John Benner – Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Amherst County  Traci Blido – Bedford County, Office of Economic Development  Jeremy Bryant – Amherst County Planning and Zoning Department  Kevin Camm – Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) City of Lynchburg  Lee Cobb – Amherst County Economic Development  Mike Davidson – Campbell County Economic Development  Philipp Gabathuler – Virginia’s Region 2000 Local Government Council  Leslie Hoglund – Central Virginia Health District  Bruce Jones – Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Appomattox County  Todd Scott – Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Campbell County  Jeff Taylor – Appomattox County Economic Development  Michael Van Ness – Lynchburg Grows  Bob White – Virginia’s Region 2000 Local Government Council

    Additionally, a big thank you to the following individuals who participated in one-on-one interviews and

    local input sessions.

    Regional and Statewide Participants

     Anne Marie Clarke, Robert E. Lee Soil and Water Conservation District  Greg Farmer, President, Colonial Farm Credit  Dr. Jewel Hairston, Dean, College of Agriculture, Virginia State University  Dr. Alan Grant, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech University  Jimmy Jones, Georgia Pacific  Dr. Lincoln Montgomery-Rodgers, Agrarian Veterinary Services  Paige Pratt, Virginia Tech Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences  Wren Roberts, Centra Health Systems  Andy Seibel, Virginia FFA Association  Jeff Wilkerson, Westover Dairy (The Kroger Company)

    Amherst County

     Scott Barnes, Morris Orchard  Robert M. Curd, Clover Hill Farm  Donna Meeks, Sweet Briar College  Henry S. Myers, The Canebrakes Farm  Frank Walton, Buffalo River Ranch  Len Thompson, Vineyards

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     Bill Tucker, Tucker Family Farms

    Appomattox County

     Ron Coleman, Coleman & Sons Farm Supply  W.A. Coleman, Cattle and Appomattox Farm Bureau Board Member  Matt English, Sheep and Livestock Auctioneer  Kenneth Goin, Tobacco, Cattle and Appomattox Farm Bureau Board of Directors Member  Jack Goin, Cattle producer and Appomattox Farm Bureau Board Member  John O. Harrison, Cattle, Timber, and Robert E. Lee SWCD Vice Chairman  Danny Hix, Hix Brothers Farm – Tobacco, Cattle, and Saw Mill Operator  Fred H. Jones, Fred H. Jones Well Company and Grain  Mary Lund, Lund Angus Farm – Beef  Larry Majerus, Beef  Nelson Mann, Appomattox Farm Bureau Board of Director member  Cynthia Spiggle, Poultry  Dennis Torrence, Hay and Robert E. Lee SWCD Board Member  Cecil Wooldridge, Cattle

    Bedford County

     Craig Coker, Bedford County Economic Development Authority  Jerry Craig, Bedford County Planning Commission  Rodney Dellis, Farm Credit  Sam Gardner, Farm Bureau Young Farmers  John Hicks, Bedford-Augusta Co-op  Danny Johnson, Johnson’s Orchard  W.P. Johnson, Bedford Agricultu

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