Agriculture Development Board

Members

  • Monica Bowman - Blackwater District
  • Christopher Brooks - Blue Ridge District
  • Randall Hodges - Gills Creek District
  • Donnie Montgomery - Boone District
  • Jason Thurman - Snow Creek District

Purpose

The Agriculture Development Board of Franklin County was established in 2007 for the purposes of:

  • Promote and enhance the economic viability of production agriculture, forestry, and agri-business
  • Represent the agriculture community's position on policy issues at the local, state, and federal level
  • Provide advice and counsel to the Franklin County Board of Supervisors on policies relating to viability and sustainability of agriculture
  • Partner with other organizations to increase public understanding and awareness of state-of-the-art agricultural practices
  • Promote utilization of land use, conservation, and agricultural best management practices
  • Expand agricultural educational programming and workforce development
  • Advocate and coordinate agricultural economic development, investment, marketing, and promotion activities
  • Establish a network of agricultural producers and suppliers to encourage diversification and strengthen the agricultural infrastructure
  • Promote agri-tourism
  • Promote positive networks among stakeholders