The VFGC acts as a voice for forage-based agriculture. Our organization strives for more efficient use of land resources in ways that protect natural resources and the environment. In these achievements, the quality of life for all Virginia is improved.
The VFGCl was formed June 9, 1977, in Afton, Virginia by 25 individuals representing Virginia agriculture. We are an affiliate member of the American Forage and Grassland Council, an affiliate member in the Virginia Agribusiness Council and a non-profit organization of the Commonwealth. Activities of the council are financed by dues from individual and sponsoring members and gifts.
- Promote and expand the utilization of forages to improve the economic and social well-being of all Virginians
- Provide a forum for identifying opportunities to expand forage-animal agriculture
- Promote forages for desirable and efficient means of utilizing land resources for food and fiber production
- Coordinate efforts of agricultural services, supply and production functions to increase farm profits and efficiency of agricultural production
- Direct and encourage research and education to expandforage production, utilization, and marketing
- Promote the value of forage crops for soil and water conservation, abatement of air and water pollution and enhancement of Virginia’s natural beauty
- Educate consumers on the benefits derived from an efficient and profitable forage/animal agriculture
- Encourage outstanding achievements in the forage industry through recognition programs
- Develop vigorous leadership in activities beneficial to the forage industry and Virginia agriculture
How Do We Achieve Our Goals?
In partnership with our sister organizations, corporate sponsors and members and with the help of our community’s generosity, VFGC coordinates, hosts and organizes a variety of activities scheduled throughout the year.
Activities of the VFGC include:
- Educational meetings to learn and exchange ideas on the production, utilization, and conservation purposes of forages
- Forage tours to observe research and extension programs and practical farm and industry experiences with forages
- Newsletters and other publications dealing with forage activities and information
- Awards program to recognize outstanding forage producers and leaders
- Cooperation with other state and national organizations to promote forages
- Assistance to state agencies and educational institutions in forage research, education, and development programs
We could not do this without your support!