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Halifax woman re-elected to chair Farm Bureau Women’s Committee

Janice R. Burton of Halifax County was elected Nov. 29 to a sixth two-year term as chairman of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Women’s Committee. 

Elections of officers and directors were held at the VFBF 2012 Annual Convention in Chantilly.

The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Women’s Program, for which the women’s committee serves as a steering body, provides leadership and service opportunities for farm women and sponsors events that help educate the public about agriculture. The women’s committee chairman also serves on the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation board of directors.

Burton, who grew up in Halifax County, has served on the women’s committee since 1994. She was committee vice chairman for six years. She also serves on the board of the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

In recent years, she said, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Women’s Program participants have made great strides in planning and carrying out educational and promotional projects in their communities. 

“To support them in that work, the women’s committee has focused on providing opportunities for personal and professional development—and they’ve enthusiastically welcomed each one.

“The volunteers who make up county Farm Bureau women’s committees are a resourceful group with all kinds of strengths on which they’ve drawn to promote agriculture,” Burton said.

She and her husband are retired tobacco, dairy, corn and small grain producers. They are still involved in hay production and lease farm acres for vegetable production.

Before retiring they had a joint operation with a brother-in-law in an agriculture supply business and manufactured liquid fertilizer.

Burton was employed by Virginia Cooperative Extension for 30 years.

She is the preschool department director at Bethel Baptist Church in Scottsburg. In her spare time she enjoys yard work, shopping and antiquing.

With nearly 150,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to protecting Virginia’s farms and ensuring a safe, fresh and locally grown food supply.