Council Awards


Agribusiness Awards

Agribusiness Environment

-To an agribusiness for recognition of outstanding achievements, research, or practices that benefit both agribusiness and the environment.

2020 Recipient - Renwood Farms (Charles City, Virginia)

2019 Recipient - Glenn Rodes, Riverhill Farms (Port Republic, Virginia)

2018 Recipient - Kevin Engel, Engel Family Farms (Hanover, Virginia)

Agribusiness of the Year

-To a member of the Council for exceptional contributions to Virginia agribusiness.

2020 Recipient - James River Equipment (Virginia)

2019 Recipient - Lynn Graves, Graves Mountain Farm & Lodges (Syria, Virginia)

2018 Recipient - Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc. (Richmond, Virginia)

Special Recognition of an Agribusiness

-To an agribusiness deserving recognition for service and support to the Council and Virginia agribusinesses.

2020 Recipient - Phillips & Turman Tree Farms (Floyd, Virginia)

2019 Recipient - Virginia Cattle Company (Radiant, Virginia)

2018 Recipients - Brookmeade Sod Farm, Inc. (Doswell, Virginia)
                          James River Nurseries, Inc. (Ashland, Virginia)
                          Strange's Florist (Richmond, Virginia)

Individual Awards

Distinguished Friend of Agribusiness - Presented at the Appreciation Banquet to a member of Congress, state legislator, governor, or other influential governmental official for exceptional support of Virginia's agribusiness industry for a period of years.

Recent Recipients:

Land Grant University Award - To an outstanding faculty member, administrator, or employee of a Virginia Land Grant University (Virginia Tech or Virginia State University) for meritorious or exemplary service to the industry of agribusiness during their career.

2020 Recipient - Dr. Ozzie Abaye (Blacksburg, VA)

2020 Recipient - Scott Reiter (Prince George, VA)

2019 Recipient - Dr. Doug Pfeiffer (Blacksburg, VA)

2019 Recipient- Taylor Clarke (Mecklenburg, VA)

2018 Recipient - Dr. David Holshouser (Suffolk, VA),  

2018 Recipient - Scott Jessee (Russell County, VA)

Alvin W. Blaha Distinguished Service - To an individual for meritorious service to the Virginia Agribusiness Council and the State's industry of agribusiness over a long period of time.

2020 Recipient - Jim Riddell (Mineral, Virginia)

2019 Recipient - Dr. Dave Kohl (Blacksburg, Virginia)

2018 Recipient - Ambassador Richard ("Dick") Crowder (Blacksburg, Virginia)

Distinguished Leadership
- To a past leader of the Council for meritorious service to the Virginia Agribusiness Council and the agribusiness industry.

2020 Recipient - Kern Houff (Weyers Cave, Virginia)

2019 Recipient - Bette Brand (Roanoke, Virginia)

2018 Recipient - Lynn Graves (Syria, Virginia)

Special Recognition of an Individual - To a person or persons deserving recognition for service to agribusiness, but not to the degree or for the length of time necessary for eligibility to received the Distinguished Service Award.

2020 Recipient - Dr. Jewel Bronaugh (Richmond, Virginia)

2019 Recipient - Paul and Boogie Davis (New Kent, Virginia)

2018 Recipient - Ronnie Gill (Mechanicsville, Virginia)

For a full list of past winners, click here. 

Submit award nominations by August 6.

Delegate Mark Keam received the 2020 Distinguished Friend of Agribusiness Award at our Annual Legislative Banquet on January 9, 2020. Pictured with Executive Director Kyle Shreve .

For a full list of past winners, click here.

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